Devonshire thank the fans for cheering on the Magpies to two memorable away wins – Photo 1 of 1
Charlee Adams celebrates. Photo: Maidenhead United
What a week it has been for Maidenhead United, first dooming promotion hopefuls Chesterfield to their first loss of the season on Saturday before picking up a dramatic victory at Torquay United on Tuesday night to move up to 15th in the National League table.
Twice in the first half the Gulls took the lead through Will Goodwin and Aaron Jarvis, but after their goals were canceled out by Emile Acquah and Charlee Adams respectively, Remy Clerima scored an unexpected winner in stoppage time .
Perhaps the Magpies were buoyed by their weekend performance, beating the top-flight Spireites, 2-1, at the Technical Stadium with the goals scored by summer signings Koby Arthur and Ashley Nathaniel-George.
Now the Magpies faithful will be optimistic about a third straight win on Saturday when York Road hosts a struggling side from Oldham Athletic, and Alan Devonshire says his men will do their best.
Speaking to the announcer earlier this week, the manager was also keen to express his gratitude to the supporters who made the recent away trips and cheered on the Magpies until the final whistle.
“I want to say a big thank you to our fans. I think there were 51 who made the trip on Saturday and around 20 arrived on Tuesday. Vanarama National League week.
“They were brilliant and I’m glad their long journeys weren’t wasted.
“I’m really happy for the players. We let each other down the week before [against Gateshead] but in the last two games, we showed a lot of character and desire.
“We definitely deserved Saturday’s victory against a good team, a team that was undefeated at the time.
“Then we showed a lot of spirit again against Torquay. It was a game from start to finish and when we lost one and then 2-1 it could have gone either way.
“They had a few chances towards the end and we cleared a big one down the line. A minute later we came down the other end and scored the winner. Yes, we went for the win. Our submarines were attack-minded and sometimes you got it right, sometimes you got it wrong, but this time it worked.
“At the end of the day I’m so happy for the players. We got the win at the last minute which is great, maybe not for the team you play against and it happened to us.
Devonshire added: “It was two long journeys. The boys were tired from all the travel, so getting six out of six is no small feat. The bus was buzzing on the way back, I boarded at 2:30.
This weekend’s opponents Oldham Athletic sit one place below Maidenhead United in the league with three wins, three draws and six losses.
The Latics were founding members of the Premier League in 1992 but, two years later, were relegated and fell to the third tier in 1997.
They ended a long stay in the third tier with relegation from Ligue 1 in 2018. At the end of the 2021–22 season, relegation from Ligue 2 was confirmed and the club fell to the National League , becoming the first former Premier League side to play non-league football.
“We respect Oldham, we will have to look into them, identify the system they are playing and come up with a plan to deal with them,” Devonshire said.
“We were disappointed with the way we played against Gateshead at home so we want to fix that. There are no bad teams in this league, as the table shows.
“All we can do is take care of ourselves and we’ve had two good wins recently. We have another big game against a former Premier League club on Saturday. We will do our best.