Match preview: Maidenhead United (h)

After recording the club’s best-ever start with the last-gasp 2-1 victory over Maidstone United, the Spireites go in search of extending their unbeaten start to the season against Maidenhead United.

Alan Devonshire’s side have always provided tough opposition to the Blues and currently sit above the National League relegation zone.

Match details

Date: Saturday, October 1, 2022

Opponents: Maidenhead United

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: National League

Location: Technique Stadium


Matchday Coverage

Live radio commentary

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Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel on Saturday evening.

The Opposition

Fact file

Name: Maidenhead United Football Club

Nicknames: The Magpies

Founded: 1870

Stadium: York Road

Capacity: 4,000

Manager: Alan Devonshire

On Maidenhead

Maidenhead United were formed in October 1970 and had their first game two months later against Bond’s Meadow.

The club participated in the inaugural FA Cup competition where they got to the first round before losing to Crystal Palace.

The Magpies managed to reach the quarter-finals of the same competition for three years on the trot in the 1870s; however, the club have languished in non-league for pretty much the whole of their history.

In 2017, Maidenhead won the National League South with 98 points – just two points more than Ebbsfleet United. Alan Devonshire’s side have become a staple in this league and have stayed in the fifth tier since.

One to watch

Emile Acquah has been one of the singular bright lights for Maidenhead United this season with the forward currently sitting on two goals so far – the club’s top goalscorer. The 22-year-old started his career with Southend United but after three years, 41 appearances for the club and three loan spells. After finishing up his second loan with the Magpies, he joined the club on a permanent basis. Acquah struggled in his first full campaign at York Road with four goals in 32 games. The versatile attacker has scored twice in 10 appearances so far this season and is looking to better his tally from 2021/22.

Recent Form

The Spireites’ last three: (W/D/W)

Win – Chesterfield 3-2 Southend United – National League

Draw – Yeovil Town 2-2 Chesterfield – National League

Win – Maidstone United 1-2 Chesterfield – National League

Maidenhead United’s last three: (L/W/L)

Lost – Boreham Wood 1-0 Maidenhead United – National League

Win – Maidenhead United 1-0 Woking – National League

Lost – Maidenhead United 0-1 Gateshead – National League

Last Time We Met

In the previous fixture between the two sides, the Spireites finally got their first victory over Maidenhead United at the seventh time of asking. Akwasi Asante fired the ball past Nathan Ashmore in the 76th minute to give Paul Cook’s side a narrow win.

Team News

Jeff King is suspended and will miss the game as he picked up his fifth yellow card of the season against Maidstone United.

Jack Clarke and Armando Dobra could be closing in on a return to the matchday squad.

Gary Roberts’ Thoughts

Roberts said: “They are a threat, but they are at our place. We’ve got to pass the ball better and we’ve got to stay patient.

“It will be a tough game. I don’t think it will be a foregone conclusion. It doesn’t work like that. We’ve got to work really hard for this result.”