09:00PM, Thursday 22 April 2021
Photo by George Tewkesbury
Maidenhead United were at their clinical best as they sent sorry Wealdstone packing with a 6-0 win on Tuesday night, their biggest margin of victory since the club was promoted to the National League in 2017.
However, manager Alan Devonshire admitted afterwards the game wasn’t as comfortable for the Magpies as the scoreline suggested.
Having taken the lead through Sam Barratt’s first half strike, the Magpies had to weather a couple of attempts on Taye Ashby-Hammond’s goal before the floodgates were opened by Danilo Orsi-Dadomo’s seven-minute hat-trick.
Dan Sparkes then put the seal on a morale-boosting night for the Magpies with two goals of his own.
It’s the second time they’ve thumped the Stones this season after a 4-0 win over them at York Road on Boxing Day.
The victory, which built on Saturday’s encouraging display in a 2-2 draw at Stockport County, also revives the club’s hopes of finishing in the play-offs, and Devonshire is keen for the team to give their ‘special’ fans something to cheer about at the end of what’s been a long and draining campaign in many respects.
“Yeah, it was good, and we were clinical,” he said of Tuesday’s performance.
“It wasn’t as easy as the scoreline suggested.
“At 1-0 they had a couple of chances in the second half and maybe should have equalised, but they didn’t and we were very clinical in our finishing at the other end.
“We’ve been threatening to do this to some teams. I thought we played well on Saturday and we’ve followed it up last night (Tuesday).
“Now the pressure is on for us to follow it up again on Saturday against a tough team in Woking.”
The players all signed the match ball for Orsi-Dadomo after the final whistle and Devonshire was delighted for a player, he says has an instinct for scoring goals and is hungry to learn and improve.
“Danilo is a lovely kid,” he said. “He wants to learn, and he trains hard every time. He’s always talking to me and wants to learn things.
“He’s taking on board different things he needs to change in his game but the one thing he’s got is an instinct to score goals and he’s a very good finisher who is getting better all the time. I’m pleased for him; he deserves it because he’s been a joy to work with.”
Maidenhead have given themselves an outside chance of getting back into the play-off picture, but Devonshire said the focus was on taking one game at a time, with the Magpies still to play 11 matches before the end of May.
He added: “It’s the old cliché, let’s take one game at a time and see where we are, but let’s try and end the season on a high.
“It’s been a difficult one for everyone and hopefully when the crowds come back, they’ll have something to cheer about.
“We just want to go out and enjoy our football, get the players playing well and I just can’t wait for the crowd to come back. They’re massive for us.
“Every club will say this, but our fans are special, and we need them back.”
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