07:00PM, Tuesday 31 August 2021
United’s goalscorer Josh Kelly. Photo: George Tewkesbury.
Josh Kelly’s struck to give the Magpies a lifeline midway through the second half of Monday’s 3-1 defeat to Weymouth, but bad mistakes from certain players led to the ‘kick in the teeth’ of the Terras grabbing a third goal just minutes later.
Kelly’s second goal of the season brought the visitors right back into contention for one, or possibly all three points, however, those hopes were snuffed out within minutes as Josh McQuoid added to Cameron Murray and Tyler Cordner’s first half goals.
Defensive errors, which weren’t a feature of United’s opening wins over Halifax Town and Dover Athletic, reared their ugly head once again on the south coast and Devonshire will be hoping they don’t become a habit.
“That was really disappointing,” he said. “There were some bad mistakes from people after we’d just scored. We’d given ourselves a lift, but the game was over after they scored, and it was a real kick in the teeth. I was disappointed about the way the goal was given away and I told the boys that as well. But it’s gone now, there’s nothing we can do about it. We’ve lost the game and just have to move on to the next one.”
With several Magpies squad having already picked up knocks, or still struggling to shake off injuries sustained in pre-season, Devonshire revealed the club would set to sign another player before Tuesday’s deadline.
Luton Town loanee Sam Beckwith also made his first appearance for the Magpies, coming on for the final 20 minutes at Weymouth, while Jack Senga impressed in central midfield for the Magpies against Dover on Saturday. The arrival of the likes of Senga, Beckwith and Charlee Adams means the United boss has plenty of options at his disposal, with his squad growing by the day, however, that might also mean certain players have to pack their bags and go out on loan.
“Listen, it was a strong side anyway,” said Devonshire. “Nathan Blissett was also carrying a knock.
“A few of them were carrying knocks and I didn’t want to risk them.
“Hopefully we can get some back for Saturday as we have a 10-day break after that.
“We’re signing someone else today (Tuesday) as well before the deadline. They’ll come in on loan.
“So, yeah, I’ve got options and if some players have to go out on loan, they’ll go out on loan, simple as that.”
Speaking to Maidenhead’s media officer Grace Scott, Kelly added: ”Obviously, it’s not great losing the game but we started the first 20 minutes looking sharp and had a few chances and then it died down a bit.
“I felt like when I got my goal we were back into it but then we gave another sloppy goal away and it just killed the momentum a little bit.
“I feel like we did seem to get back into it, and scored, but we lost focus a bit two minutes after and they went straight down the other end and scored. It killed the game a bit.
“Yeah, it’s always good (scoring goals). Confidence is high at the minute but we need to keep performing and we need to get the wins, but personally I feel we’re slowly getting there. We need to forget about this, go back to what we were doing before, work hard in training and we should be able to put things right. But obviously we’ll need to work harder than we did today.”
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