11:00AM, Thursday 07 January 2021
Maidenhead United assistant boss Ryan Peters says he was pleased with his side’s workout in their friendly against Brentford B on Monday afternoon.
From the first whistle, the Magpies were made to work hard by the young Bees who had previously visited York Road in November last year in a match that finished 1-1.
However, inspired by a winning streak of five games, Neil MacFarlane’s side were able to take maximum points from United this time around in an entertaining affair behind closed doors that finished 3-0 to the visitors.
Despite the result, Peters said he was encouraged by the Magpies’ efforts with several players in black and white earning some much needed game time ahead of a busy schedule of competitive fixtures.
“Although we want to win every game we go into, the scoreline wasn’t what we were interested in,” said Peters.
“It was about getting some of the boys, who had been out for a while, 60 or 70 minutes into their system. Once we get back into the full football program, we’re going to have matches every Saturday and Tuesday.
“Dan Sparkes played, James Comley played and Sam Barratt is back. We gave him 45 minutes as we’re not too sure where he is right now. We’re working hard to have as many players to choose from and we’re happy to have got some miles into their legs.”
Maidenhead are without competitive action until January 16 when they face Yeovil Town. The Magpies currently sit in sixth place in the National League table after 14 matches and have picked up 23 points so far. Peters is hopeful his side can maintain their good form when they return.
“So long as we’re able to, we will carry on training and keep the boys ticking over until such time as we’re able to get a friendly in or when our next fixture comes around,” he added.
“What we don’t want to do is have such a long lay off and go into our next game rusty because we haven’t had those full preparations.
“We’ve been playing so well and whether we’re home or away, I’ve no doubt we’ll put on a good display. Yeovil are a big side and where they are at this moment in time, I doubt they will be at the end of the season.
“We’ll go into that game high on confidence but knowing if any point we’re not 100% at it, they can score. We know what we’re capable of but we also know what Yeovil are capable of.”
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