PREVIEW | Maidenhead United (A)
THE DETAILS Maidenhead United v Wealdstone Vanarama National League York Road Tuesday 8th March, 7:45pm kick-off
TICKETS Tuesday night's National League fixture will be unsegregated with tickets able to be purchased both online and at the turnstiles. The hosts do encourage fans to purchase in advance online to save a queueing at the paid turnstiles.
Tickets are priced at £18 Adults, £12 Concessions (OAPs, Students, Job seekers) and £6 U16s. You can purchase your tickets HERE.
THE CONTEXT Wealdstone and Maidenhead will be looking to finally meet each other this season after a string of postponements due to weather and COVID related issues hit the fixtures that were originally meant to be played over the Christmas period. Maidenhead have had a resurgence since Christmas and shot up the table, although Magpies boss Alan Devonshire could make a number of changes after a disappointing 0-0 draw against Altrincham last time out. Stuart Maynard may also be feeling the same after his unchanged Stones side were humbled 4-1 at Eastleigh on the weekend.
TEAM NEWS Medy Elito has recovered from illness and is available for selection again, whilst Andrew Eleftheriou is still out injured. Aaron Henry will be available after having his loan from Charlton Athletic extended until the end of the season.
WHAT WAS SAID? Stuart Maynard: "It's another game to bounce back from now, I said to lads after the game on Saturday 'you've got to go away and look at yourselves, this is what football is about, as much as it's a team sport individually after games like this, management team included, you've got to look at yourselves and see what you can improve at to make sure results like this don't happen again.'
"We're a young group that are learning and will learn from days like we had at Eastleigh, they will learn and understand that when you get pressed and have to pass it you've got to go a bit more direct and miss the press out. But they're learning, we'll stick together and the lads have been outstanding this year to be where we are in this league as competitive as it is it's a real credit to the lads. Their work ethic and retaining information in the short space of time we have with them week-to-week has been outstanding."
FORM GUIDE Stones:
Eastleigh (A) 4-1 L (Clayden) Torquay United (H) 1-1 D (Mundle-Smith)
Solihull Moors (A) 2-1 L (Okimo)
Wrexham (H) 1-2 L (Browne) Barnet (A) 1-3 W (Ferguson, Umerah, Mundle-Smith) Maidenhead United: Altrincham (H) 0-0 D
Dagenham & Redbridge (A) 3-0 L King's Lynn Town (A) 1-4 W (Sparkes, Kelly 2, Upward)
Yeovil Town (H) 1-1 D (Ferdinand) Boreham Wood (H) 2-0 W (Kelly, Blissett)
WHO TO WATCH FOR? Josh Kelly: One of Maidenhead's 'own', Kelly broke through the youth system at the Magpies making a goalscoring debut against Marlow aged just 18. He has established himself as a first team regular this season at National League level and it's been no coincidence that the club's upturn in form after the New Year brought seven goals for the forward in 2022.
HEAD-TO-HEAD Played - 52 Won - 14 Drawn - 9 Lost - 29 LAST FIVE MEETINGS Apr 2021 - Stones 0-6 Maidenhead United Dec 2020 - Maidenhead United 4-0 Stones Oct 2019 - Stones 0-2 Maidenhead United Oct 2019 - Maidenhead United 1-1 Stones - (Lafayette) Jul 2018 - Stones 0-0 Maidenhead United Preview by Chris Woods