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Magpies pre-season win over Beavers was anything but friendly at times

Danilo Orsi-Dadomo. Photo by Darren Woolley.

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Maidenhead United 3, Hampton & Richmond Borough 2

Maidenhead United got the better of Hampton & Richmond Borough at York Road on Saturday in a feisty pre-season encounter that was anything but friendly at times.

Alan Devonshire’s side ran out 3-2 winners in the sunshine with new boys Sam Barratt and former Hampton player Danilo Orsi-Dadomo getting their names on the scoresheet.

The match was also very much an old boys reunion with four of the 22 starters having recently played for the opposing club, and familiarity may have bred a degree of contempt in a scrappy first half memorable only for two meaty challenges which caused both sides to temporarily lose their cool in the York Road heat.

A poor challenge on new signing Dan Sparkes midway through the half by the Beavers Sam Deadfield saw the referee produce a yellow when a red might have been more fitting. Within minutes there was uproar on the benches when Shaun Donnellan was cautioned following a clash with Ruaridh Donaldson, with the challenge coming right in front of managers Devonshire and Gary McCann. Both Sparkes and Donaldson were substituted at half-time as a precaution, by which time the visitors were ahead thanks to a smart finish from Ryan Hill after good work by former Maidenhead man Nathan Minhas.

There was an improved tempo to the second half and Maidenhead took charge thanks to a three-goal blitz orchestrated by Barratt on his return to the side.

He’d already warmed the palms of Alan Julian in the Hampton goal having come on at half-time, and he made it 1-1 when his free-kick was deflected into the back of the net after fellow substitute Josh Coley had been felled on the edge of the box.

15-goal top scorer for the Beavers last season, Orsi-Dadomo then calmly slotted into an empty having rounded the onrushing Julian. And, before Hampton had the chance to steady a shaking ship, he tucked home the hosts’ third goal at the far post from Coley’s cross.

Jake Gray reduced the arrears for Hampton after good work by Hill, but Maidenhead held on in the final 20 minutes to secure a second successive pre-season victory.

Magpies: Ashby-Hammond, Wells, Donnellan, Parry, Clerima, Comley, Blissett, Orsi, Sparkes, Massey, Smile. Substitutes: Wiltshire (not used), Coley, Keetch, Twumasi, Sheckleford, Smith (not used), Upward, Barratt, Chapman (not used).

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