Maidenhead Utd’s media and marketing officer Grace Scott discusses her team
Hi Grace so what are your expectations for the team heading into this season?
We don’t look too far ahead but after last season’s performance and finishing in a very respectable position overall, we are aiming to beat that and reach as high as possible. There is never any pressure on the lads when it comes to long-term goals, we will take every game as it comes, get as many wins on the board as possible and reach the 50 point marker as soon as we can!
Which players have been added to the squad in the summer and how are they fitting in?
We have made several signings over the summer with a number of last season’s players moving onto play for other clubs. To name a few: Will de Havilland, Emile Acquah, Charlee Adams and Kane Ferdinand have joined us with a wealth of experience between them. Our other new additions have gelled into the squad well and we look forward to seeing them in a Maidenhead shirt this season.
How’s your start to the season been?
Our start to the season has been a positive one for sure – as mentioned before, we set out to take every game as it comes and get the win.
Who would you say are your key players and why?
It may sound cliché, but all of our boys are key to the squad that the coaching staff, Lee and Alan Devonshire have built this year. They all bring their individual flair to the side and we have a very creative set of players that are capable of great things for sure.
What tactics does Alan Devonshire like to use?
I won’t be giving anything away ahead of this one! As everyone will know, Dev’s teams are very physical and will put a shift in every game to get what we can.
Who are your tips for promotion this season?
The Vanarama National League standard improves year on year, and it is an honour to be a part of such a valued league in English football. I would say that the likes of Wrexham, Notts County and Grimsby will definitely be up there but I am sure there will be surprises along the way, after all it is a crazy game!
What sort of crowd should we expect on Saturday?
You can expect a very friendly atmosphere at York Road where families, friends, football fans of all backgrounds come together to get behind the team and have a great Saturday at the football with us. We look forward to welcoming the officials, players and supporters of Torquay United to Maidenhead and wish everyone a safe journey to us at the weekend.
Where’s best for the Yellow Army to go for pre-match food and drinks?
Our friends at Off The Tap and the Craufurd Arms will gladly host supporters in Maidenhead town centre and look after them well. Our Tea Bars around the ground and main Stripes bar will be open for business also.
What would you say are the strengths of your team?
As previously touched on, we are very creative and physical. With a diverse squad we can certainly put on a good display.
And finally, we were soundly beaten at your ground last season, but what do you think will be the result this time?
A very good question…I am going to be extremely boring and say it will be a 1-1 draw, both sides will be up for the game of course!