UNITED AS ONE 
Our first ever trip to Rochdale ended in a narrow defeat on Saturday. 
Alan Devonshire made three changes to the side that lost 4-1 to Dagenham & Redbridge last week with Kevin Lokko, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson and Remy Clerima replacing Zico Asare, Sam Barratt and Alan Massey. 
 
It was a strong start for the Magpies, Reece Smith won the ball back high up the pitch and an inviting ball into the box just evaded the path of Tristan Abrahams. 
 
The first shot of the game fell to the hosts when Harvey Gilmour struck from distance, his effort blazed over the bar failing to trouble Craig Ross. 
 
The opening twenty continued to provide few chances, Casey Pettit was the next to try his luck but his strike was well off-target. 
 
As the rain poured down it continued to be a cagey affair with neither side able to create any clear-cut chances. 
 
The first effort on target of the game resulted in a goal for the hosts. A good save from Ross fell into the path of Devante Rodney who headed into the net. 
 
Maidenhead responded well and almost equalised through Will De Havilland who got on the end of a cross and headed just wide. 
 
Half-Time: Rochdale 1-0 Maidenhead United 
 
It was a slow start to the second half with Cian Hayes receiving lengthy treatment during the early stages meaning neither team were able to create any chances. 
 
The first chance of the half fell to Ethan Ebanks-Landell who couldn’t direct hit shot on target. 
 
The hosts continued to look for a second with Jimmy Keohane forcing a brilliant point-blank save from Ross. 
 
De Havilland had the first opportunity of the half for Maidenhead whose curling strike from distance forced a good stop from Jacob Chapman. 
 
Rochdale substitute Sam Mather is the next to test his luck, his strike from the edge of the box deflects over the bar. 
 
Jayden Mitchell-Lawson wins the ball high up the pitch for Maidenhead and lays the ball off to Pettit, his strike forces a good save from Chapman. 
 
After some good play from the hosts Kyron Gordon finds himself in space, his drilled effort went just wide for the hosts. 
 
Full-time: Rochdale 1-0 Maidenhead United 
 
Rochdale: Jacob Chapman, Kyron Gordon, Cameron John (Armstrong 80’), Ryan East, Ethan Ebanks-Landell ©, Kairo Mitchell, Devante Rodney (Taylor 84’), Jimmy Keohane, Cian Hayes (Mather 54’), Dan Sassi, Harvey Gilmour 
 
Maidenhead United: Craig Ross ©, Sam Beckwith, Will De Havilland, Kevin Lokko, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Kane Ferdinand, Jayden Mitchell-Lawson (Adams 80’), Casey Pettit (Zimba 87’), Reece Smith (McCoulsky 46’), Remy Clerima, Tristan Abrahams. 
 
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