03:33PM, Tuesday 28 January 2020
Maidenhead United have signed Southend United centre forward Emile Acquah on an initial one month loan, as manager Alan Devonshire makes another move to bring more goals to his side.
Top scorer Danny Whitehall has netted 18 times in all competitions for the Magpies this season, but there haven’t been many others to shoulder the burden.
However, in the last few weeks Devonshire has taken steps to address this with the arrivals of Ody Alfa from QPR and now Acquah from Southend United. It's been a month of comings and goings at York Road with Jake Cassidy and Bernard Mensah leaving the club for permanent deals at Stevenage FC and Gloucester City.
Acquah is only 19 years old but broke into the Shrimpers squad at the end of last season and netted his first goal for Sol Campbell's side against League 1 promotion contenders Ipswich Town back in October.
The 6'3ft striker has since enjoyed a successful loan spell with Isthmian Premier League outfit Harlow Town.
Chief Scout Lee Devonshire told the club's website: "Emile is a powerful centre-forward who is 19 but physically looks a lot older.
"All at Maidenhead United would like to welcome Emile and we wish him the very best of luck during his spell at York Road."
Utility man Aron Davies has also gone out of the club on loan, joining National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town, subject to ratification from the National League.
Davies has made 14 starts for the Magpies in all competitions this season and will join Freddie Grant, who is also at Vauxhall Road on a temporary basis.
Tonight (Tuesday) Maidenhead United and Marlow will renew one of the oldest rivalries in football when they meet each other in the Berks & Bucks Senior Cup.
An article on the Football in Berkshire website says it's 54,402 days after the two clubs first met in the very first football match to be played at York Road on February 16, 1871. Maidenhead won 2-0 that day but this is a rivalry that’s nearly as old as the game itself.
The teams haven't met in the league since the 1996/97 and this is the first competitive clash at York Road since 1998.
Sam Barratt - now with Southend United - and Josh Kelly were on target for United when the sides last met in the county cup at Oak Tree Road in November 2016. The Magpies won that clash 2-1 with Callum Ferguson on the scoresheet for Mark Bartley's Blues.
Devonshire is expected to name a youthful side for tonight's clash, drawing on players from the club's successful academy side. The likes of Fred Chapman, Bradley Keetch and Reece Smith are all likely to feature, with Devonshire set to rest many of his first team squad with one eye on Maidenhead's trip to Solihull Moors in the league on Saturday.
Bartley's Blues will be keen to cause an upset this evening, however, having made the final of last season's competition, only to be kicked out of it by the FA for fielding an ineligible player in their semi-final win over Slough Town.
There's reduced admission for tonight's tie. Adults will pay £5, Concessions (Senior Citizen/UB40/NUS) £2, Under 16s will go FREE. Kick-off 7.45pm.
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