Stockport Express

Maidenhead problems so predictabl­e


IT’S been on the cards for a while now that we were going to thump some team or other, our performanc­es over the past few weeks have been pointing towards a big win, Kings Lynn were unfortunat­e to be that team.

Everything clicked, every player was on form and if I’m honest from the very first minute the result was never in doubt.

Before Alex Reid opened the goal account Paddy Madden had gone so close with a powerful header, I was convinced the ball had crossed the line and I swear the crossbar was still moving minutes later when Reid managed to get above his marker and nod the ball over the visiting keeper to open the scoring after 14 minutes.

From there it was virtually all one way traffic even though we had to wait until the second half before we scored again.

John Rooney had a penalty saved and it looked like Kings Lynn might capitalize on our heads dropping but just moments later John redeemed himself with another goal of exquisite quality, a bit of close control, a turn, a quick look up and a shot into the far corner of the net.

It was simply awesome and nothing less than we deserved. From there we were in total control and when

Paddy Madden headed in our third and fourth it was game over.

Nine games unbeaten with a goal ratio of 21 for and four against, we even had other results go for us Notts Co, Sutton, Chesterfie­ld and Halifax all dropping points, could it get any better?

Saturday saw Maidenhead come to EP, a different team that posed different problems and as it turned out, problems that we struggled with.

Alan Devonshire has always had a tactical nous about him, he’s managed to thwart us a few times by turning out a side that frustrates and does the basics well.

On the whole, Saturday’s game was horrible, it need to be fought rather than played, but these are games that we should be winning, a mid table team with the second worse defensive record of the season should be no problem with all the talent we have.

Maidenhead took the lead, twice and twice we equalized, first through Harry Cardwell as he turned in Alex Reid’s shot past the visiting keeper and then when Paddy Madden shot in a crowded penalty area.

We had several opportunit­ies to win it but couldn’t convert any of them.

What wouldn’t we give for a hat-trick hero... Hartlepool have one!

 ?? Www.mphotograp­ ?? ●●County skipper Ash Palmer
Www.mphotograp­ ●●County skipper Ash Palmer

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