by John Mead.

This Saturday Wood make the relatively short trip to historic York Road to face their old rivals The Magpies. York Road is in the record books as the oldest senior level ground in the country used by the same side.

Maidenhead began their tenure back in 1871, but recently things are changing dramatically with the inception of a beautiful new stand this season and talks of the installation of a 3G pitch in time for the start of next season.

Lately the side are undergoing a transformation too, with Johnson Hippolyte busy bolstering his squad in recent weeks. In comes Tyrell Miller-Rodney for his second loan spell there after featuring briefly for us recently. He is joined by another player on Brentford’s books Keiran Morris, experienced 32 year old defender David Hunt who joins from Oxford United and loan striker Charlie Strutton who plies his trade at Braintree Town.

The Magpies have had a tough February in which they faced top five opposition on four occasions. Basingstoke Town took six points from their two encounters, with Whitehawk taking maximum points last Saturday from their trip to Berkshire. Drax’s side took a well-earned point from their away tie with Havant and Waterlooville, whilst picking up a 2-0 win when Chelmsford City were the visitors.

Currently occupying 17th spot in the table, United are seven points above the drop zone. Their main goal scoring threat will come from Dave Tarpey, who netted at Meadow Park back in November, giving his side the advantage at half time. However Lee Angol and a superb breakaway goal from Junior Morias turned the tie in our favour on that occasion.

With two of the League’s longest serving Managers up against each other these occasions are always close encounters and this Saturday is likely to be more of the same.

A win for Ian and the Boys will do wonders to our promotion push and your support is paramount in helping that happen.

Hope to see you all on Saturday! Come on you Wood!

Saturday March 7th, kick off 3pm.

York Road, Maidenhead. SL6 1SF,

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