Hi Grace so tell us a bit about yourself and your role at the club?
I am the Media Officer at Maidenhead United. I have worked at the club for three years now, it is a role I dreamed of having and thoroughly enjoy. I run the social media accounts, website and design the marketing material for the club. My aim is to provide our community and supporters with an insight into us as a club and showcase our amazing work in the football community.
How would you summarise Maidenhead’s season so far in a couple of paragraphs?
This season has been very strange of course, with no supporters, little atmosphere, and uncertainty across the board. For Maidenhead to rebuild our squad and sign talent that has gelled together and performed is so important. As much as we are deemed one of the ‘smaller’ clubs in this league, we have character, desire, and ambition on and off the pitch.
Our players, our small team of off-field staff and our community all come together and want the best for our club. We certainly have an exciting future with our new stadium plans and growing as a brand.
How’s your recent form been?
Our form has been mixed, especially at home. York Road is a fortress with supporters, it has been hard to adapt to not having them there and away supporters generating an atmosphere. The players have reacted to defeats with class and shown their talent. Saturday’s win was a huge result against a team on the up and we hope to continue pushing on.
What’s been your highlights of the season so far?
This is a tricky question. there has been a lot so far! I would have to say the week where we won at Wrexham and then at Notts County on the Saturday. They were two huge victories and strong performances for the whole team and we were very proud to represent the club at two great stadiums.
Who are your key players and why?
All of our players have had a key role in our performances, looking at Saturday’s game demonstrates how each individual pulls together in the group. James Comley in midfield has played very well this season, he has been with us for a number of years now alongside his midfield partner, Ryan Upward. New recruits this season, Josh Coley and Dan Sparkes have also been key on the wings to provide service to Nathan Blissett and Danilo Orsi. Our goalkeeper, Taye Ashby-Hammond, deserves a lot of credit for keeping a number of clean sheets and pulling off saves that have very much kept us in games.
Who’s the gaffer and what tactics does he like to use?
Our Manager is Alan Devonshire, West Ham legend and former England star. He is a pleasure to be around and his love for the game is infectious! We are a very physical team, particularly with midfield battles and take advantage of our wide players. I can’t give too much away but Dev has certainly provided tactical masterclasses this season!
What should we expect from the stream on Tuesday night?
Just like every National League club we have faced issues when adjusting to streaming games and dealing with connection difficulties. We hope to bring supporters an easy and effective way of watching games. Neil Maskell will be providing commentary alongside Magpies midfielder, Shaun Donnellan, tomorrow evening. We appreciate away supporter’s patience and understanding that this a new method for all clubs and each have different providers, connectivity and face issues.
Can the team still make the play-offs this season?
Why not? We are such an ambitious group and we are so proud of what the boys have done so far this campaign. We are in with a shout just like every club and we will continue to aim high!
Which opposition teams and players have impressed you most?
I would have to say Sutton United. We travelled to Gander Green Lane on the opening day of the season and I was very impressed by their whole squad.
And finally what’s your match prediction for Tuesday night?
I have to sit on the fence and say a 1-1 draw. Both sides will be looking to take the points and I do feel that Saturday’s win has boosted our confidence. Torquay United are a very strong outfit. In the reverse fixture I was very impressed with the attacking threat and intent to get the job done.