Posted on 27th July 2023
Ipswich Town 2-1 Maidenhead United
Friday 7th July
Flackwell Heath 0-3 Maidenhead United
Tuesday 11th July
Thatcham Town 0-2 Maidenhead United
Saturday 15th July
It was a lively start from Trialist B who caused problems down the left side for Maidenhead creating a few chances, none of which found a yellow shirt.
Sam Beckwith then piled on the pressure with a good delivery into the box inside the opening thirty minutes. Despite a scramble, Thatcham cleared.
The Kingfishers’ closest chance of the first half came when a cross was headed over the bar by Zico Asare.
Maidenhead took the lead ten minutes into the second half via Temi Eweka who beat the Thatcham keeper to a Kevin Lokko cross and headed into an empty net.
Thatcham’s best chance of the second half came from a free-kick into the box. The delivery met the head of a Thatcham player whose header went just wide.
Alan Devonshire would’ve been pleased with Maidenhead’s second-half performance as they kept pushing for a second.
Lewis Kinsella’s free-kick was met by the head of Kane Ferdinand who headed over the bar, Trialist F then hit the post from a Reece Smith ball across the box.
Harry Parsons was lively in the second half and had chances to score his first goal in a Maidenhead shirt. His first effort was collected by the Thatcham keeper. Parsons then got on the end of an Asare cross and his strike was once again saved by the keeper.
Maidenhead were rewarded for their lengthy pressure with a second goal in stoppage time. Kevin Lokko got on the end of a Lewis Kinsella corner to put the result beyond doubt.
St Albans City 0-1 Maidenhead United
It was a dream start for the Magpies as Lewis Kinsella was brought down during a good passage of play resulting in a penalty.
Trialist A converted from the spot slotting the ball into the bottom left corner.
The Magpies continued to control the ball during the first half and could’ve easily added to their advantage.
Kevin Lokko got on the end of a set-piece and his header was well saved by St Albans keeper Michael Johnson.
The resulting corner eventually fell to Reece Smith whose effort went well over the bar.
Lewis Kinsella was the next in a yellow shirt to strike at goal with his curling effort from range going just over.
The Saints best chance of the half came via Andronicos Georgiou whose effort was comfortably saved by Craig Ross.
Half Time: 0-1
St Albans had the first chance of the second half with a tame long-range effort from Ryan Blackman which didn’t trouble Ross.
The Saints continued to put pressure on with Jack James whose curling effort went just past the post.
Craig Ross was called into duty just after the hour mark with a fantastic save to deny Shaun Jeffers’s free-kick.
The game slowly fizzled out after that and Maidenhead made it 3 pre-season wins on the bounce.
Full Time: 0-1
The Magpies are back in action on Saturday with a trip to Hayes and Yeading United.
Hayes & Yeading 0-1 Maidenhead United
Banbury United vs Maidenhead United
Admission prices for this match are:
Concessions £10 (Over 65) Students (with ID) £8
Under 16s (as of 1 Sep) £5
Under 11s (accompanied) £2
Tickets can be bought at the gate by cash or card.
St Albans City
Maidenhead will then make the journey past Watford to face the first of two step two sides ahead of the National League season. St Albans City made it all the way to the National League South playoff final last season before losing 4-0 to Oxford City and will provide Maidenhead with a good test ahead of the upcoming National League campaign.
Hayes & Yeading United
Hayes & Yeading United play their football in the Southern Premier South (step 3) and finished last season in seventh. The former National League side is managed by Ritchie Hanlon who took over as manager last season following a disappointing play-off defeat to Farnborough the season before. The Middlesex-based side will provide Maidenhead with a good test this early into the season allowing Alan Devonshire’s side to gain good minutes and experience.
Our final away pre-season fixture sees the Magpies head to Oxfordshire to take on Banbury United. The Puritans currently play their football in the National League North (step 2) and last season finished off the season in seventeenth place. Their top scorer last season was Giorgio Rasulo who managed to score nine goals over the course of the season. Banbury will be without manager Andy Whing who recently resigned from the managerial role.
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