07:00PM, Friday 30 April 2021
Seth Twumasi. (Photo: Darren Woolley)
Tuesday's disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Weymouth - their third of the season against the lowly Terras - doesn't end Maidenhead United's hopes of challenging for the play-offs, but it does mean they can't afford many more slip ups between now and the end of the season.
United still have nine matches to squeeze into 29 days, starting away at Kings Lynn on Saturday and finishing at Boreham Wood on May 29, and the punishing nature of playing twice a week is already beginning to take its toll on the players. .
Alan Devonshire freshened things up for the visit of Weymouth, with Josh Coley returning to the starting line up to partner the in-form Danilo Orsi-Dadomo in attack.
But where they were clinical in front of goal against Stockport, Wealdstone and Woking, they were wasteful on Tuesday.
Orsi-Dadomo failed to add to the six goals he'd scored in his last three matches, striking the post in the first half and missing from the penalty spot in the closing stages of the second.
The lethargic display in the second half of Saturday's 2-1 win over Woking served notice of what was to come in mid-week and it's clear these players will need to be mentally and physically resilient in the coming weeks if they're to stay in the race for the top seven.
If the squad could do with a rest they're not going to get one.
On Saturday they travel to Kings Lynn in Norfolk to play on a pitch the Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse labelled 'not playable' after his side's defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge.
Then just 48 hours later they'll be back at York Road to take on ninth placed Wrexham, who sit just two points off the play-offs themselves.
After the final whistle on Tuesday, assistant boss Ryan Peters said it was best for everyone to 'forget and move on' from the defeat to the Terras.
Having fought hard to get themselves back in play-off contention in recent weeks, Peters will know the defeat has shrunk, if not sunk, their chances.
But his focus has already switched to Saturday's game at The Walks where he hopes they'll bounce back with a win.
“After the week we’ve had, we expected to welcome Weymouth here and give a really good account of ourselves,” said Peters.
“We let them get underneath our skins, and in fairness to them, they played well.
“They probably deserved the three points in the end.
“It’s not something we want to see from any team, taking three games off us, but it’s something we have to move on from.
“If we want to progress up the league, we can’t have too many performances like today.
“In my eyes, it’s done and dusted, and we will need to move onto the next game as quickly as possible. We need to make sure we’re at it at training on Thursday and make sure Saturday is a much better performance.”
Tuesday's result saw them remain 12th in the National League but slip nine points behind seventh placed Eastleigh.
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