We’ve been to Maidenhead twice, and emerged with all three points both times. Our first trip there was in August 2017, and we triumphed 2-1 thanks to Manny Smith, who scored two goals in a match for the only time in his career so far.
We returned the following August, and enjoyed a 2-0 victory thanks to two goals in four minutes half way through the first half. First Jordan Maguire-Drew opened the scoring with an absolute screamer, and then Mike Fondop capitalised on a goalkeeping error to maintain his prolific early season form.
We had a 100% record against Maidenhead until we met last September at The Racecourse. We fell behind to a bizarre own goal by Luke Young, who inadvertently toe-poked the ball into his own net from the edge of the area as he chased back to cover a breakaway, but Jason Oswell equalised just before the break.
When Young made amends by putting us ahead, and in doing so maintained his record of scoring for us every time he’s played against Maidenhead, it looked like we were going to complete a comeback win, but half way through the second half a spectacular volley by Josh Smile earned United a point.
Young’s own goal is part of a worrying pattern: we’ve already put the ball past our own keeper six times this season: we’d previously never scored more than three in a National League season.