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Match Preview and Guide | Maidenhead United (A)

William Bewsey
9:39am, Thu 31st Aug 2023
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Maidenhead United v Woking
Vanarama National League
2nd September 2023
15:00 Kick-Off

Woking will hope for three wins in a row for the first time since January, when they take on Maidenhead United at York Road.

Following a near-perfect Bank Holiday weekend, Darren Sarll's side currently occupy the last playoff place in the early standings, and after positive news that Jermaine Anderson and Manny Oyeleke could possibly be involved on Saturday, the only dampener on a six point weekender was that Rhys Browne faces a period of time out with injury.

Luke Wilkinson also completed his first 90 minutes of the season against Dorking, so Woking have competition at centre back for the first time this season, as well as in central midfield, with the impressive Zak Bradshaw and Tunji Akinola hoping to keep their places. Ricky Korboa will be hoping to add to his goal and two assists over the Bank Holiday.

Opposition Watch
Known as somewhat of a 'giant killer' when it comes to the National League, Maidenhead United have been just about keeping their heads above water in recent times, with a gruelling relegation battle last season seeing them stay up at the expense of Torquay United despite a hammering at Gateshead. Nonetheless, Alan Devonshire has recruited well once again in the summer, with Craig Ross needing absolutely no introduction to Woking fans. The keeper who made almost 200 appearances for the Cards before departing in the summer has started exceptionally at York Road, with four clean sheets in six games.

Other signings have included striker Tobi Sho-Silva, involved in a League Two promotion last year with Carlisle United, former Shot Lewis Kinsella, forward Harry Parsons from Swindon Town and centre back Kevin Lokko from Farnborough. The Magpies also managed to facilitate the move of striker Emile Acquah to Barrow for a fee, whilst keep an eye out for Reece Smith; the 21-year-old winger graduated from Maidenhead's academy, and already has two goals so far this season.

Maidenhead only sit one point behind the Cards, albeit three places lower in 10th, after a start in which one loss at fast starters Hartlepool United has been cancelled out by three draws and two wins against Dorking and Dagenham. However, they were involved in two consecutive 0-0 draws over the Bank Holiday weekend, against Oxford City and Kidderminster Harriers.

Last Time Out
Goals from Padraig Amond and Luke Wilkinson saw Woking run out 2-0 winners at the Laithwaite in March, but it was a different story at York Road, where Emile Acquah struck the only goal of the game in September 2022 in a 1-0 defeat for the Cards. The last time Woking were victorious in Berkshire was the 3-2 thriller in front of the BT Sport cameras in November 2019, where goals for Moussa Diarra, Jamar Loza and Jake Hyde were enough for Alan Dowson's side.

Around the Ground
York Road is located in Maidenhead Town Centre, which has plenty of pubs and restaurants, including O'Neills, right on the corner of Queen Street, about a five minute walk from the away turnstiles.

Due to train strikes, there is a very limited service to Maidenhead, so other modes of transport are recommended.

The Cards Trust has some spaces available on the supporters' coach, booking information and details can be found here.

Ticket details can be found here.

Match Report | Cards hold on for clean sheet against Magpies

William Bewsey
5:02pm, Sat 2nd Sep 2023
Maidenhead United 0-0 Woking
Vanarama National League
2nd September 2023

After back-to-back wins over the Bank Holiday weekend, there was just one enforced change for the short journey to Maidenhead, as Luke Wilkinson, sidelined with injury, was replaced by Scott Cuthbert. For the hosts, notable names included former Woking duo Craig Ross and Kane Ferdinand, with the latter captaining Alan Devonshire’s side. The Cards were also buoyed by the return of Jermaine Anderson to the bench, after his recovery from a long-term injury suffered at Chesterfield in February.

After Ross took some applause from the away end, Maidenhead kicked off towards the Canal End of the ground, which meant that Woking were kicking towards their away support in the first half. Woking’s former keeper could count himself lucky that on seven minutes, Jim Kellermann’s attempted cross came back off the crossbar, with Ross nowhere near the ball.

Ross had to act fast again on 15 minutes, when Padraig Amond’s cross had to be parried away with several Woking players ready to pounce inside the box. Maidenhead’s first venture forwards saw good link up play between Casey Pettit and Charlee Adams force a save from the latter’s low shot by Will Jaaskelainen.

After a dominant five-minute spell from the hosts, Woking broke forwards, and Ricky Korboa forced Ross into a low save down to his right-hand side after great work from Amond to play him in down the right wing. A Charlee Adams free kick forced a strong hand from Jaaskelainen before the Finn had to get down to his left to prevent Pettit’s shot from squeezing in at his near post.

That was all the action in the first half, in a half where Woking started strongly, but their hosts grew into the game and presented a threat.

Half-time: Maidenhead United 0-0 Woking

After a dominant first five minutes from the hosts, which ended in Scott Cuthbert having to make an inch-perfect interception from a Maidenhead cross, the game went quite until the 60th minute, when Sarll turned to his bench. Kellermann and Matt Robinson were replaced by Nana Boateng and the returning Jermaine Anderson. Just minutes later, Woking’s best chance for quite some time saw Boateng, Josh Casey and Korboa link, with the latter slicing his volley after a Casey cross found him unmarked.

Quick play from the same trio saw Korboa’s first time effort fly just over the bar, as Woking began to dominate possession. But Maidenhead managed to spurn their best chance of the game minutes later, as great wing play from Ashley Nathaniel-George saw the ball reach Reece Smith, who somehow couldn’t convert with half the goal gaping.

Yet the Cards missed an even better chance when a flick at the back post was only half punched clear by Ross, and the ball was somehow blazed over the bar with the entire goal gaping.

Maidenhead fans and players alike were seething when it appeared a Woking player had used a hand to clear off the line, but the referee stood firm with his decision of no penalty. A combination of Cuthbert and Jaaskelainen was then needed to deny Harry Parsons when he broke the offside trap, with Woking living dangerously.

The final whistle went after seven added minutes, which saw Woking somehow deny the Maidenhead onslaught, which seemed to go on forever. An uninspiring performance, but a point at one of Woking’s unhappiest hunting grounds in recent memory will be considered a decent result.

Woking: Will Jaaskelainen, Dan Moss, Josh Casey, Scott Cuthbert, Greg Taylor, Padraig Amond, Matt Robinson (Lewis 60’), Ricky Korboa (Lewis 71’), Tunji Akinola, Jim Kellermann (Anderson 60’), Zak Bradshaw.

Unused subs: Willmott, Habergham

Bookings: Cuthbert 30’, Casey 45+2’

Maidenhead United: Craig Ross, Zico Asare, Sam Beckwith, Kevin Lokko, Ashley Nathaniel-George, Kane Ferdinand, Casey Pettit (Omilabu 76’), Reece Smith, Remy Clerima, Chanka Zimba (Parsons 69’), Charlee Adams

Unused subs: Keetch, Massey, Kinsella

Bookings: Ferdinand 84’

Referee: Stuart Morland

Attendance: 1685

Man of the Match: Zak Bradshaw was tenacious throughout, providing a link between the midfield and attack whilst playing a key role in a vital clean sheet.
Maidenhead United LINEUP
13Craig Ross
2Zico Asare
3Sam Beckwith
5Kevin Lokko
20Remy Clerima
16Casey Pettit ('75)
10Kane Ferdinand
27Charlee Adams
17Reece Smith
8Ashley Nathaniel-George
21Chanka Zimba ('69)
24Alan Massey
26Lewis Kinsella
12Bradley Keetch
7Harry Parsons ('69)
38David Omilabu ('75)
22Will Jaaskelainen
2Dan Moss
3Josh Casey
4Scott Cuthbert
5Greg Taylor
16Tunji Akinola
17Jim Kellermann ('60)
20Zak Bradshaw
12Matt Robinson ('60)
7Ricky Korboa ('71)
10Padraig Amond
28Sam Habergham
23Jermaine Anderson ('60)
8Robbie Willmott
11Dennon Lewis ('71)
15Nana Boateng ('60)

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