Goalkeeper Lovett rounds off 4-1 win for Maidenhead United over Boreham Wood

Rhys Lovett slides away on his knees after netting Maidenhead’s fourth goal. Photo: Darren Woolley.

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Boreham Wood 1, Maidenhead United 4

Maidenhead United signed off for the season with an impressive, and somewhat bizarre, 4-1 victory over Boreham Wood at Meadow Park.

The Magpies were already cruising to all three points when substitute goalkeeper Rhys Lovett came on as a late outfield replacement for striker Josh Kelly.

Incredibly, he found the net in injury-time to rubber stamp a comprehensive victory.

United were leading 3-1 at the time thanks to goals from Reece Smith, his first senior goal for the club, Josh Kelly and top goalscorer Danilo Orsi-Dadomo.

Victory was enough to lift Maidenhead above Boreham Wood to 13th in the table on 56 points from 42 games. It also ended a run of five matches without a victory.

The visitors began brightly and took the lead in the 11th minute when Smith picked out the bottom corner having grasped his opportunity with the senior side in recent weeks.

The Magpies were forced into two first half changes, with Seth Twumasi coming on for Ryheem Sheckleford and Dan Sparkes replacing Jerry Wiltshire, but it failed to disrupt their rhythm and Kelly made it 2-0 in first half injury time with a clinical finish. They won the ball in midfield and Josh Coley played in Kelly who beat Nathan Ashmore.

Boreham Wood grabbed a goal back a couple of minutes after the interval through Tyrone Marsh, but the Magpies re-established their two-goal cushion five minutes later through Orsi-Dadomo’s 21st goal of the season. Ashmore did well to beat away Kelly’s initial strike but Orsi-Dadomo was there to tuck the ball home.

James Holden saved well from Marsh, after the striker had done well to cut inside his man after being played in down the right, and Holden was also equal to an attempt from distance from Corey Whitely in the 66th minute.

Ashmore denied Orsi-Dadomo from point-blank range in the 73rd minute to keep the home side in contention.

Lovett was given a run out for the final few minutes as a replacement for the impressive Kelly, and the goalkeeper surprised everyone in the ground, himself included, when he found himself in the right place to tap home United’s fourth from close range.

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