08:00AM, Friday 09 February 2018
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Ryan Upward has said Maidenhead have no one to blame but themselves after they crashed out of the FA Trophy at Stockport County on Tuesday evening.
The Magpies appeared to be cruising toward a quarter-final tie against Brackley Town at home after Jake Hyde and Sam Barratt had scored to put them 2-0 up.
But their hopes of reaching Wembley in the competition came crashing down around their ears as Darren Stephenson and George West netted to take the match into extra time where Jimmy Ball bundled home County’s winner.
Upward admitted it was a Jekyll and Hyde performance from the Magpies, who he said were awful in the first half but very much the dominant side after the interval.
“They were very good in the first half. They rotated very well and we struggled against them but we managed to keep a clean sheet,” said Upward, who was Maidenhead’s man-of-the-match in the first tie at York Road on Saturday.
“Then we came out for the second half and absolutely bossed it. We looked so dangerous and were really comfortable.
“But, when they made it 2-1, it was backs against the wall again. The game was so easy for us at 2-0, but when Sam Barratt went off with a knee problem it started to go in their favour.”
United’s central midfielder added that he and the players were kicking themselves after their dream of playing at Wembley this season died.
“Everyone wants to play at Wembley, no matter what competition you play in,” he said.
“And with Brackley Town at home in the next round it would have been a good chance to get to the semi-finals.
“But, we’ve no one to blame but ourselves.
“We weren’t able to see out a game that we were in control of.”
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