Darren Bakers 950th appearance, in which he took the captains armband, saw two early lapses hand this imitative to the visitors.
Boro boss Tommy Widdrington was forced into changing the side who had played so well .v. Dover due to injury to Marvin Hamilton.
Charlie Gorman struck high over the Maidenhead bar in the opening moment but that was as good as it would get for The Sports before they fell behind in the 12th minute. A long-ball put Leon Solomon the wrong side of Sam Cole and as the Maidenhead man crossed low the impressive David Pratt finished at the near post for 1-0.
Pratt's next contribution was to receive a yellow card for a cynical foul, but on the half-hour the ball got caught under the otherwise impeccable Anwar Uddin's feet and Pratt raced clear to fire past Danny Potter for 2-0. From this point, and for virtually the rest of the 90 Boro took charge, but Billy Lumley was not seriously tested for the remainder of the half.
Both side made half-time changes, Gary Hart introduced for Simon Johnson, and Boro continued their territorial dominance. The visitors continued to hit The Sports on the break whilst defending their lead in numbers. On 52 minutes James Walker failed to anticipate a corner delivery and within moments Walker was blocked after Charles Ademeno delivered a turn and cross. As Boro piled on the pressure and corner after corner Uddin headed over and Chris Shephard's free-kick was on target but saved.
David Knight was introduced as Boro management sought desperately for the breakthrough and Ademeno was unfortunate not to find the substitute on 65 minutes after Potters long clearance. Maidenhead now started to create chances as more and more bodies were committed to Boro attacks, Potter turning a long range drive onto the post with 15 to go. Josh Scowen tried from distance and on 90 minutes Knight shot straight at Lumley.
Boro were not as fluent as previous outings, but the hosts gameplay worked perfectly. That said in Pratt they has a man perfectly suited to the approach, big, powerful and quick ..... and an eye for the finish.
Post match Widdrington was philosophical."What went wrong ?" "Simply we didn't score and they scored 2 ! They mugged us really. We had enough ball and chances, even in the first half where we didn't reach our standards."
"I don't think we would have scored if we had played till 10, but they enjoy the pats on the back when they play well, now they've enjoyed the kick up the backside they've just had. That said they are hurt in there because they let themselves down and couldn't retrieve the situation."
|Staines Town||1||1||Havant & Waterlooville|
|Sutton United||1||2||Dorchester Town|
|Tonbridge Angels||0||0||Basingstoke Town|
|Truro City||2||0||Boreham Wood|
|Hayes & Yeading Utd||2||1||Welling United|
|Bath City||2||1||Billericay Town|
|Chelmsford City||2||1||Salisbury City||Att. 716|
|Eastbourne Borough||0||2||Maidenhead United||Att. 627|