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Match details: Maidenhead United vs Torquay United
Venue: York Road, Maidenhead
Date: Saturday 4th September 2021
Maidenhead fact file:
Year founded: 1870
Nickname: The Magpies
Last season’s league finish: 13th National League
National League South champions: 2016-17
Isthmian League Full Members Cup winners: 1996-97
Maidenhead: 2 Draw: 0 Torquay: 3
League Position and Recent Form:
Maidenhead: 6th – WWL Torquay: 18th – LDL
Manager: Alan Devonshire
As a player, Alan Devonshire made his name with West Ham United, who he joined from non-league side Southall in 1976 when the Hammers paid £5,000 for his services. While at the Boleyn Ground, he helped the Hammers win promotion back to the top-flight and reach the 1981 League Cup final in the 1980-81 season. Devonshire was also part of the West Ham side that finished third in the ‘old’ First Division in the 1985-86 campaign.
Devonshire is currently in his second spell in charge of Maidenhead, he previously managed them between 1996 and 2003, after returning to York Road in 2015. He led them to the National League South title in the 2016-17 season. In between his two spells in charge of the Magpies he managed Hampton and Richmond (2003-2011) and Braintree Town (2011-2015).
Player to watch: Nathan Blissett
A player who played a key part in the Gulls’ ‘great escape’ of the 2015-16 campaign, Nathan Blissett scored eight goals in 17 appearances to help United spectacularly avoid relegation under Kevin Nicholson – following his arrival at Plainmoor in January 2016 after his release by Bristol Rovers.
His form for United would earn him a £30,000 move to Plymouth Argyle in January 2017, where he helped the Pilgrims win promotion to League One in the 2016-17 season. He then went onto appear for Macclesfield Town, where he won a National League title winner’s medal in 2017-18 and Solihull Moors before signing for Maidenhead in the summer of 2020.
Maidenhead: Nathan Blissett, Dan Sparkes
Last time: Maidenhead 4 – 1 Torquay – 16th March 2021
GOALS: MUFC – Coley (6′), Blissett (43′, 50′), Orsi-Dadomo (54′); TUFC – Boden (90 pen).
Maidenhead United: Ashby-Hammond, Massey, Parry, Coley (Barratt), Ofori-Twumasi, Sheckleford, Comley (Keetch), Ince, Upward, Orsi-Dadomo (Kelly), Blissett.
Torquay United: MacDonald, Wynter, Lewis, Sherring, Andrews, Randell, Hall (Koszela), Little, Lemonheigh-Evans, Boden, Waters (Umerah).
Maidenhead United (4-3-3):
George Wells – Will De Havilland – Alan Massey – Ryheem Sheckleford
Jack Senga – Remy Clerima – Charlee Adams
Sam Barratt – Nathan Blissett – Josh Kelly
Torquay United (4-1-3-2):
Ben Wynter – Joe Lewis – Ali Omar – Dean Moxey
Connor Lemonheigh-Evans – Armani Little – Tom Lapslie
Dan Holman – Danny Wright
TT Pre-Match Talking Points…
- Can the boys start playing the more attacking football we saw last season?
- Will we be able to cut out the individual mistakes that have plagued us so far?
- Will we see a last minute loan deal for a CB?