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MATCH PREVIEW | Maidenhead United - Yeovil Town

Look ahead to tonight's trip to Berkshire

27 January 2021

Yeovil Town head to Maidenhead United on Wednesday evening for our first National League fixture in 22 days. 

Last playing in our derby day victory over Weymouth, Yeovil Town now travel to Berkshire to face the Magpies for the first time since 2019. 

The hosts have just come off the back from a lengthy break themselves, drawing 0-0 to Woking in their first fixture since Boxing Day.  

 

Darren Sarll’s thoughts

Darren Sarll was full of praise for Maidenhead United manager and West Ham legend Alan Devonshire ahead of Wednesday’s fixture. 

“Alan Devonshire is a truly wonderful ex-player, his teams are always set-up to be really robust and get the job done their way.

“It will be very tough, it’s a tough away trip for us. They’ve had a good start to the season and their aren’t too many teams that can match their form in the league right now.” 

 

Team News

Sarll confirmed to BBC Somerset that Luke Wilkinson will be out with an injury but Town have been boosted by the arrival of Michael Kelly. 

The gaffer will not be in the dugout for tonight's game due after a positive COVID-19 test in his household. 

Rhys Murphy is in line to return after completing a period of self isolation. 

 

A foot in the opposition camp

Maidenhead United currently sit eighth in the National League after a much improved 2020/21 campaign after narrowly surviving the drop last season.

Much of this success is down to Sam Barratt, who is the league’s second top scorer, averaging 0.78 goals per 90.

Another man to look out for is full back George Wells. A summer signing from Slough Town, Wells possesses a deadly cross which can unlock any defence. 

Manager Devonshire will no doubt be delighted with the impact of his new signings this year. Devonshire is a well-known name to football fans, enjoying a sucessful playing career at West Ham United before settling in Maidenhead.

 

The form

Over the last five games, Yeovil have turned a corner, picking up 12 points from the 15 available.

The pick of Town’s victories came against Weymouth, comfortably beating the local rivals 3-0 thanks to goals from Josh Neufville, Albi Skendi and Joe Quigley.

Maidenhead have two wins, two losses and one draw from their last five games.

Most recently, the Magpies were held to a 0-0 draw on the road by Woking. 

 

Coverage 

BBC Somerset and Three Valleys Radio will be providing radio commentary of the fixture. 

The match will be streamed by Maidenhead United with passes available HERE. 

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MATCH REPORT | Maidenhead United 4-2 Yeovil Town

Yeovil Town taste defeat for the first time in 2021

27 January 2021

Yeovil Town fell to a disappointing 4-2 away defeat against Maidenhead United on Wednesday evening.

Albi Skendi was the bright spark for Town, scoring twice in what was largely a night to forget for the Glovers.

Despite Yeovil taking the lead, the hosts were good value for their victory, especially in the second half where they largely held Terry Skiverton’s visitors at arm’s length.

With Darren Sarll at home with his family due to a positive COVID-19 test, it was assistant manager Skiverton took the reins for Yeovil Town in Berkshire.

The former Glovers captain opted for Adam Smith in goal, with Alex Bradley, Max Hunt, Charlie Lee and Carl Dickinson in front of him.

The midfield saw a return for Jimmy Smith who had been nursing an injury over the Christmas period. He started alongside Matt Worthington, and Josh Neufville in the middle of the park.

Moving forward, it was a three-pronged attack for Town as Albi Skendi began just behind Joe Quigley and Reuben Reid.

With both sides starved of football over recent weeks, the game was unsurprisingly timid throughout the opening stages.

Unfortunately for Town, makeshift centre back Lee’s evening only lasted 12 minutes as he was replaced Lee Collins due to an injury.

The night did improve for Yeovil as on 19 minutes, Town struck first. Skendi hammered home his third goal in four games from just inside the 18-yard box following J.Smith’s chipped pass.

With the wind in their sails, Town looked for a second, and it almost came on 24 minutes as Dickinson hammered the crossbar with a wayward cross. 

Despite the visitors positive play, Town were caught napping on 31 minutes as Maidenhead equalised. Capitalising on the substitute Collins' mistake, Danilo Orsi fired the hosts level. 

Neither side had quite done enough to claim the lead in the first half, but the second told a very different story. Maidenhead came out the traps fast as Manny Parry added the hosts' second on 50 minutes, heading beyond Smith at the back post. 

Two became three for Maidenhead on 70 minutes, as Dan Sparkes fired a spectacular effort beyond A.Smith to double the Magpies advantage.

Yeovil would huff and puff, and ultimately find a way back into the game just four minutes later through the always-bright Skendi, after he met Bradley's cross and slotted the ball home. 

Although Yeovil pressed hard, the hosts were able to put the game beyond doubt in the 90th minute. After a handball in the box, Orsi slotted home from the spot for his second goal of the evening as the Glovers fell to their first defeat of 2021. 

 

Yeovil Town: A.Smith; Dickinson, Lee (Collins), Hunt, Bradley; Smith, Worthington, Skendi, Neufville (Knowles); Reid, Quigley (Murphy)

Bookings: Skendi, Worthington, A.Smith

Subs not used: Dagnall, Kelly

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