A Late Body blow for battling Boro

Maidenhead United FC, York Road, Maidenhead Action pics of Maidenhead Utd v Eastbourne Borough Goal
Maidenhead United FC, York Road, Maidenhead Action pics of Maidenhead Utd v Eastbourne Borough Goal

Eastbourne Borough may have thought the departure of their ex-striker Richard Pacquette from Maidenhead days before their clash would weaken the hosts.

Pacquette had been in fine form for the Magpies recently but two facts are near-certain with Pacquette, he is capable of scoring goals but he will never stay around for long.

Last week non league’s nomadic marksman packed up his kit bag for the 20th time during his career and reacquainted himself with his former Boro’ team-mate Jamie Taylor at Blue Square Premier outfit Lincoln City.

The move provided a chance for Magpie’s rising star Alex Wall to shine and the young striker grasped the opportunity by scoring the only goal of the game in the 90th minute to deny Garry Wilson’s men.

In a well-matched encounter, which saw the entertainment factor grow as it wore on, both teams enjoyed opportunities to find the back of the net before Wall bagged the last-gasp winner.

Having seen his initial swerving shot touched over the bar by Eastbourne keeper Clark Masters, the predatory Wall was on hand to tap in from close range when the keeper could only parry the resulting inswinging corner.

Boro’ had the better of the opening stages and Maidenhead’s keeper Billy Lumley was down well to save a Carl Rook header in the 20th minute which turned out to be the closest Borough came to scoring all afternoon.

By this time Maidenhead’s Martel Powell was starting to make his presence felt on the right wing feeding the trademark powerful runs of Wall.

The salient feature of the half though was a running battle between either sides creative outlets Ashan Holgate and Gary Hart, both wearing the number ten shirt.

Holgate received a caution which may have been deserved but nevertheless it was still disappointing to see Hart encouraging this by waving an imaginary card at the referee.

The feud was ended when Holgate was withdrawn at the interval in favour of Paul Semakula.

Kicking down the slope in the second half the Magpies gradually set up camp in the Eastbourne half, with goal attempts instigated by Wall free kicks or right wing crosses from Powell or Reece Tison-Lascaris.

Semakula wasted two great chances to score from close range, one flashing past the goal the other being cleared off the line. With 15 minutes to go the ball fell to Leigh Henry on the edge of the box and his rasping shot hit the post.

Jermaine Hinds netted the rebound but was clearly offside.

As the clock ticked past the 90 minute mark Wall stepped up again to take a free kick.

Having blasted several earlier attempts low, this time he bent the ball around the wall only for goalkeeper Clark Masters to tip the ball over the bar.

Wall was waiting on the line for the resulting corner bundling the ball in to score the winner and receive an odd caution for celebrating with the corner flag.

It left Boro’ no time to come back and underlines the Magpies’ recent return to form having taken 10 points from their last four matches.

For Garry Wilson’s men the form book reads rather different with just three points taken from a possible 15 during their last five matches.

Boro’ are back in league action at Priory Lane on Saturday when they welcome Dorchester Town.