12:00PM, Thursday 11 April 2019
Maidenhead United can finally wrap up their National League place for next season on Saturday, and where better to do it than live on television at the home of promotion contenders Salford City?
That’s the view of assistant manager Sam Lock, who says the game will be a brilliant challenge for the Magpies. United were desperately unlucky not to take at least a point from Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Barnet, having dominated the opening 45 minutes.
But now they have the chance to put another spanner in the works of one of the league’s title contenders – and in their recent 1-0 win at Leyton Orient they have the perfect blueprint.
“It’s Salford next live on TV (BT Sport),” said Lock. “It’s a great stage to go and play on.
“We’re now 11 points clear of Havant with 12 points left to play for.
“Where better to secure our league status than live on TV away to the top of the table side (correct before Orient’s midweek win)? It would be brilliant. We’ll have a look at Salford and how they set up.
“The gaffer went quite attacking today (against Barnet), to be fair, and it nearly paid off. It was small margins in the end.
“Salford are a good team with big money and big players.
“Let’s see what our boys can do against them. It’s a good challenge for them.”
Reflecting on the Bees’ 1-0 win at York Road, secured through Medy Elito’s volley just before the break, Lock said: “We didn’t take our chances.
“What we’ve done really well recently is that, when we’ve had that opportunity, we’ve taken it. It gives you something to hold on to. Today we didn’t take that chance, and they’ve done what we’ve been doing to teams.
“Second half they saw out the game really well. They made it very scrappy, bitty and we didn’t do enough to take anything from the game.
“They haven’t conceded in seven games. But saying that, in the first half we could have scored two or three.
“It’s all if, buts and maybes, but I felt we were the better side in the first half and should have gone on to win the game. Fair play to them, they came and did a job on us.”
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