07:02PM, Saturday 22 May 2021
Photo: George Tewkesbury
Maidenhead United 1, FC Halifax Town 2
In their final National League home game of the season, Maidenhead United were beaten 2-1 by FC Halifax Town at a fan-filled York Road.
Jake Hyde’s header put the Shaymen ahead on the stroke of half time and Jeff King’s 57th-minute free kick doubled their advantage before Magpies’ Player of the Season Danilo Orsi-Dadomo gave the hosts hope of a comeback five minutes later.
Chances were few and far between leading up to Hyde’s opener with Maidenhead trying their best to give their lively home support - who packed the ground for the first time since March 2020 - something to get excited about.
Pete Wild’s men pressed well and on-loan stopper James Holden was forced to tip away Luke Summerfield’s cross for an early corner. The visitors’ captain was at the heart of the action again just moments later, delivering a well-weighted ball into Hyde who nodded his first attempt at goal wide of the target.
Ryan Upward picked up the first yellow card of the afternoon for a foul on Summerfield and from the following set piece, Holden had to push away Darren Stephenson’s effort. Maidenhead slowly began carving out chances of their own down the other end with Barratt delivering several dangerous crosses into the box.
Jeff King’s movement down the left panicked Upward into picking up his second yellow card in the 38th minute and with the advantage of the extra man, Town began to assert their dominance and soon break the deadlock.
Having cleared away an initial cross, Summerfield’s following corner proved too much for the Magpies to handle as Hyde glanced an effort into the back of the net in the 44th minute.
The half time whistle provided some respite for the hosts, but it did not last.
After the break, Magpies skipper Alan Massey had to hack away another dangerous cross and Town had the ball in the back of the net through King’s chipped shot in the 50th minute which was ruled out for offside.
However, the second goal arrived when King was brought down in a favourable position just outside the area. Just before the hour, the midfielder’s drilled free kick beat the wall and bulged the bottom corner of Holden’s net.
Maidenhead pulled themselves back into the contest when Orsi-Dadomo pounced on Rohan Ince’s flick-on, following Barratt’s long throw, and poked away his 20th goal of the season in Black and White colours from close range in the 62nd minute.
Dan Sparkes tried to curl one past Sam Johnson in the game’s dying embers to salvage the Magpies a result, but the Town ‘keeper was equal to it and the visitors saw out the remainder of the match with relative ease.
After the match, Maidenhead boss Alan Devonshire said: "It was a bitty game. Ryan's (Upward) sending off was silly. I believe it's changed the game. It was an even playing field up until then. It was great having the crowd back, but we didn't do enough today unfortunately."
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