PREVIEW | MAIDENHEAD UNITED V WREXHAM

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 02 May 2021

Saturday's victory kept the promotion push going, but there's no respite in this most hectic of seasons, and Dean Keates has to get his team ready for another test as they travel to Maidenhead.

The Magpies have games in hand though, and will be looking to make a push fro the play-off places themselves. They didn't help themselves on Saturday with a goalless draw against Kings Lynn, 

United made a strong start to the season, and were well-placed at the end of January, but suffered a dip in form, winning 3 points from the next 18 available.

They arrested the collapse in the best possible manner, with spectacular back-to-back wins against Chesterfield and Torquay United, but then set off on a similar run of results, winning 2 points out of 15 before another pair of consecutive wins, against Wealdstone and Woking.

They've only gained 4 points from their last 5 home games, but they've shown a capacity to bounce back from adversity, and will be keen to do so again in this match.

HEAD TO HEAD

It all started so well against Maidenhead, but the Berkshire side have turned the tables in the last couple of seasons.

We won our first four games against The Magpies, but a 2-2 home draw in September 2019 was a turning point.

We fell behind to a bizarre own goal by Luke Young, who inadvertently toe-poked the ball into his own net from the edge of the area as he chased back to cover a breakaway, but Jason Oswell equalised just before the break.

When Young made amends by putting us ahead it looked like we were going to complete a comeback win, but half way through the second half a magnificent volley by Josh Smile earned United a point.

Since then, we’ve been on the receiving end of two consecutive defeats in this fixture, capitulating to a tame 2-0 loss at York Road last season, and suffering a disappointing 1-0 home defeat earlier in the season.

Those first two trips to Maidenhead were most enjoyable though. Our first trip there was in August 2017, and we triumphed 2-1 thanks to Manny Smith, who scored two goals in a match for the only time in his career so far.

We returned the following August, and enjoyed a 2-0 victory thanks to two goals in four minutes half way through the first half. First Jordan Maguire-Drew opened the scoring with an absolute screamer, and then Mike Fondop capitalised on a goalkeeping error to maintain his prolific early season form.


MILESTONES

Paul Rutherford's 500th career league match.

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