Devonshire: 'Weymouth seem to have the sign over us at the moment'

Emile Acquah. Photo: George Tewkesbury

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Maidenhead United boss Alan Devonshire admits Weymouth do seem to hold the Indian sign over his side after Monday’s 3-1 defeat on the south coast.

United have now lost four straight matches to the Terras in all competitions, having fallen to defeat in each of their three matches against them last term.

This despite Brian Stock’s side generally struggling for form throughout last season and kicking off the current campaign with defeats to Boreham Wood and Grimsby Town.

United, like their hosts, made a host of changes from Saturday’s 2-0 win over Dover Athletic, with Sam Barratt and Nathan Blissett taken out of the starting XI after picking up minor knocks. Ryheem Sheckleford was fit enough to start after he was left dazed by a collision in Saturday’s match, while Manny Parry, Dylan Asonganyi, Emile Acquah and Kane Ferdinand all made their first starts of the season.

Cameron Murray and Tyler Cordner scored to put the Terras in a commanding position at the break after the Magpies had made a fairly bright start to the match. Josh Kelly’s well taken finish, his second of the season, looked to have dragged the visitors back into contention but Josh McQuoid restored the home side’s advantage pretty much immediately to quell any hopes of a comeback. Devonshire hopes the squad will learn lessons from the defeat and bounce back with an improved display at home to Torquay United on Saturday, the first of four big games that will determine the Magpies’ start to the season.

“Maybe (we were tired) but there are no excuses,” said Devonshire. “First 20 minutes we were probably the better side and missed a few chances, but then we gave sloppy goals away and you can’t do that at this level.

“It’s a learning curve and we’ve got to step up now. We’ve got four big games now (Torquay, Stockport County, Notts County and Grimsby Town) and we’re looking forward to them.

“They also made changes as well so we can’t look at that. You had to do it because of playing on Saturday. A few players struggled with having the two games so close together, especially early on in the season when they’re not quite into their groove yet.

“At the end of the day they seem to have the (Indian) sign over us at the moment, but we didn’t play that well. I would have settled for six points from nine from the first three games. We didn’t have any points at this stage last season but we’re now looking forward to some difficult games, starting with Torquay on Saturday.”

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