22nd February 2023

Yeovil Town fell to a second straight National League defeat on Tuesday evening, losing 2-0 to Maidenhead United at York Road.

Goals in each half sealed victory for the Berkshire outfit, who were the most incisive side on the night.

Mark Cooper, made just one change from the side that lost to Notts County, with Jordan Young coming in for Malachi Linton.

However, there was a change of system. Morgan Williams returned to the defence after playing in a defensive midfield role against the league leaders. This meant Town operated with a back three on Tuesday evening.

Maidenhead began the brighter of the two sides and created their first opening with ten minutes played. After a well-worked set-piece, an extremely threatening avenue throughout the night for the hosts, the ball dropped to Alan Massey at the edge of the box, but he fired wide.

It took 23 minutes for Yeovil to fire on goal, some nice footwork from Young meant the former Chippenham man found shooting room, but he couldn’t send his effort on target.

When Maidenhead turned the ball over, they would often look for their top scorer, Emile Acquah. With just over half an hour played he burst through on goal, but was denied by heroic defending from Josh Staunton.

Young, who was the Glovers’ brightest spark on the night with the ball, won a free-kick in a shooting position just five minutes before the interval. He stepped up to take and forced a good save from Alexis Andre Jr, down to his left.

However, just 90 seconds later, Maidenhead found the lead. Straight from a corner, Sam Barratt was found to open the scoring for the hosts.

The second half saw Yeovil begin with a little more attacking intent. Lawson D’Ath dragged a shot wide before substitute Andrew Oluwabori struck the crossbar within the first six minutes of the half.

However, after these early chances, Yeovil began to revert to type, and Maidenhead smelt blood. In the 65th minute, the hosts made it two. Oluseyi Omotayo rounded Williams and found Reece Smith who produced a superb finish to double the scoring.

In truth, it could’ve been more for Maidenhead as Yeovil had a few uncharacteristic lapses in concentration at the back.

Having expended so much energy against Notts County, the Glovers looked tired in the closing stages. However, you couldn’t fault the sides effort, as despite many looking like walking wounded, were always looking forward to find a way back into the game.

Efforts from Jordan Maguire-Drew and Malachi Linton in the final few minutes were the closest Town came to making a game of it, but ultimately Town’s trip to Berkshire ended in defeat.

Yeovil Town: Smith; Williams, Staunton, Law; Agbaje, Reckord (Oluwabori); Cooper, Worthington, D’Ath (Linton); Fisher, Young (Maguire-Drew)

Bookings: Law

Subs not used: Buse, Dawes