Aldershot City 0, Maidenhead United 0

Predictably this conflict between two of the Nationwide League’s most off form sides completed in a stalemate. 

Maidenhead United can be happier of the 2 groups with this hard-earned level, and Alan Devonshire’s males gave the type of efficiency that implies they have sufficient about them to get out of bother this season. That stated they continue to be third from backside, some extent behind 20th positioned Havant & Waterlooville. 

The Magpies got here into the conflict having picked up solely three factors from their three festive fixtures, with these coming within the thrilling 4-Three victory over The Photographs at York Street on Boxing Day. However that win did not spark a a lot wanted revival and there was a return to their torpid worst in Saturday’s 1-Zero house defeat to rock-bottom Braintree City. 

Nonetheless, James Comley – who missed the final three video games by suspension – returned to bolster the midfield choices whereas Devonshire also needs to have Ryan Upward again at his disposal within the coming weeks. 

This was a well-earned level, and a small step on the street to Nationwide League security, however there was a vulnerability about The Photographs which makes it really feel like a missed alternative. 

The outdated adage goes that you must by no means knock some extent on the street, however this might so simply have been a treasured three and, on the possibilities either side created, maybe ought to have been. 

Max Worsfold noticed a second half drive tipped onto the crossbar by Will Mannion, whereas strikers Ryan Fowl and Josh Kelly each did not take presentable probabilities as the sport grew to become extra stretched within the second half. 

Kelly, who seemed far more of a menace this afternoon, swept the ball simply over the bar within the 72nd minute, having accomplished brilliantly to show Alex Finney inside out within the space. He additionally created a superb likelihood for Fowl within the 48th minute, slipping a intelligent go into the trail of the ex-Portsmouth striker just for Fowl to shoot tamely at Mannion. 

The Photographs, regardless of their frailties, additionally had probabilities as the sport opened up. Gerry McDonagh was brilliantly denied by Carl Pentney at his close to put up after latching onto a protracted throw within the 52nd minute. He then pressured the United stopper into a fair higher save, low to his proper, a couple of minutes later. 

Luke Wanadio, the Photographs’ man-of-the-match, additionally noticed his low shot by a crowded penalty space effectively saved by an alert Pentney, who will need to have seen the ball late by a sea of legs. 

The Photographs started the sport effectively earlier than the Magpies steadily assumed management. Wanadio drilled simply broad within the 20th minute, however the half’s main speaking level got here two minutes previous to that. 

Fowl ran onto a ball excessive and went down underneath a problem from the stretching Finney. The Magpies followers within the East Financial institution howled for a penalty, as did the vast majority of the Maidenhead squad. However referee Sam Allison was unmoved and pointed for a goal-kick. The rub of the inexperienced it appears continues to go in opposition to the Magpies.

That stated, they have been resilient in defence, and their first clear sheet since beating Sutton United 1-Zero on November 24, must be a confidence enhance forward of Saturday’s journey to Gateshead. 

The returning Comley was additionally marvellous in midfield, pulling the strings for the Magpies and creating various respectable alternatives. His return additionally bodes effectively for the second half of the marketing campaign. 

Afterwards Devonshire stated: “Yeah, course it’s (some extent gained). Pay attention, we have had probabilities. I believed Josh was going to attain, Birdy had a superb likelihood. However, it is our first clear sheet for some time. Defensively I believed we have been sound and it is one thing for us to construct on. We have some exhausting video games developing.

“Contemplating they scored three in opposition to us at our place I felt we saved them quiet. Carl (Pentney) has had a number of lengthy vary photographs to cope with however that is about it. We have created a bit greater than they did. We’ll take some extent. You at all times need three, however we’ll take some extent and transfer on.” 

Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Steer, Odametey, Kilgour, Comley, Fowl, Kelly (Akintunde 88′), Worsfold (Cole 66′), Nana-Twumasi, Massey. Subs not used: Tarpey, Obileye, Alves. 

Attendance: 2,090

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Slough City 0, Wealdstone 1

After choosing up three wins from three over the Christmas interval, Slough City have been introduced again right down to earth with a 1-Zero defeat by Wealdstone. 

Connor Stevens headed house the sport’s solely aim at Arbour Park to make sure the 2019 acquired off to a shedding begin for the Rebels. 

Afterwards joint supervisor Jon Underwood stated: “Not the begin to 2019 that we hoped for however 9 factors over the Christmas interval has been a superb return. Truthful play to Wealdstone who performed effectively at this time.”

Slough are 11th within the desk, 4 factors behind Billericay City in seventh with a recreation in hand. They journey to leaders Torquay United on Saturday. 

Studying 1, Swansea Metropolis 4

Jose Gomes’ first house recreation in control of Studying FC resulted in a depressing defeat as Swansea ran out comfy winners. 

Defeat leaves the Royals 5 factors from security within the Championship. 

Oli McBurnie netted twice with Connor Roberts and Mike van der Hoorn additionally on the right track, with Callum Harriott’s 77th minute strike proving little greater than a comfort. 

Studying go to Outdated Trafford to tackle Manchester United within the FA Cup third spherical on Saturday (12.30pm kick-off) earlier than returning to league motion at house to Nottingham Forest – 4-2 winners over leaders Leeds at this time – the next Saturday. 

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