02:57PM, Thursday 28 November 2019
Alan Devonshire felt Maidenhead United were deserving winners of Tuesday’s ‘crazy’ game against Dover Athletic and is hoping to have a stronger squad to choose from as he looks ahead to the busy festive period.
Jake Cassidy netted twice for the Magpies in Tuesday’s 4-3 win, with Ryan Upward, and Joe Ellul before his stoppage-time dismissal, grabbing the others.
In a topsy-turvy clash, the Magpies trailed 2-1, found themselves 4-2 up and relied on a late penalty save from keeper Chris Dunn to preserve all three points.
It sees them move six points clear of the relegation places ahead of a tricky home fixture, Saturday afternoon's visit of league leaders Barrow to York Road.
“It was crazy, to be fair,” said Devonshire.
“But listen, it was good after our second-half performance against Woking to bash it up there and get the result.
“We created a lot of chances and deserved to win because we were the better side.
“Everyone did their bit. Aron Davies came off injured and Freddie Grant played in midfield. It was pleasing to get the win after three defeats in a row.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve gone out to do that (score more than their opponents); it’s just the way the game has panned out.
“Away from home you get more chances to counter attack because teams come on to you more.”
It was a late arrival back in Berkshire for the team but a happy journey home on the coach. However the night wasn’t without its frustrations.
Ellul’s late dismissal for a second bookable offence means he will miss Saturday’s game against Barrow through suspension.
He’d only just returned to the side after missing the Woking game because of a suspension.
“It’s a harsh one because there were worse tackles than the one he was sent off for,” said Devonshire. “He’s shown him a second yellow card in the 94th minute when he could have shown a little more lenience. I feel for him.
“It’s just one thing after another at the moment. It was a bit late but it wasn’t a major tackle. It wasn’t high or anything, but the refereeing is just so inconsistent. Rene Steer was whacked high on the knee but he gave nothing for that.”
Many of Maidenhead’s injured players are nearing a return to fitness, just in time for the side’s busiest spell of the season where they’ll play five matches in 14 days.
Devonshire won’t risk the likes of Shamir Fenelon and others against Barrow but will give them minutes in Tuesday’s Berks & Bucks Senior Cup tie against Binfield at York Road, the first competitive clash between the teams.
“I’m hoping to play a few of the boys who’ve been out in the game against Binfield,” added Devonshire. “We’re not going to rush them back but I’d like to think we’ll have most of the boys back for the Christmas period because, I don’t know what the league is thinking making us play five games in 14 days. But the Binfield game will just be for players who need minutes and a lot of the youth team will be playing.”
He added: “We’ve got 28 points and we’re only four points behind Notts County and Hartlepool. They’re both in the top 10.
“If you’d have said we’d be eight points ahead of Wrexham and six ahead of Chesterfield I’d have bitten your hand off for that.
“We know we’ve still got to get points on the board but after the last few performances it was good to get a response from the boys and a result on the board.
“If you look at the league it’s difficult to say which four teams will go down. We’ve just got to make sure we don’t get dragged into that. We need to keep our head above water and, if we can do that, I’ll be happy.”
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