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Preview: Maidenhead (A)

Ardley's men hoping to start the year right

31 December 2019

Match Previews

Preview: Maidenhead (A)

Ardley's men hoping to start the year right

31 December 2019

A New Year’s Day trip to Maidenhead United is next up as our busy fixture schedule continues.

Our 2019 ended with a superb victory at Solihull, which extended our victorious run to four matches and propelled us into sixth place in the Vanarama National League.

And while for many 1 January brings about New Year’s resolutions, we’ll be hoping for more of the same when we visit a team we beat 3-0 in the Boxing Day reverse fixture.

Maidenhead come into the match with the third-worst home record in the division but York Road proved fruitful ground for them on Saturday, where they beat Wrexham 2-0.

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Team news

It remains to be seen whether Neal Ardley will revert to the side that secured our Boxing Day win having made four changes for Saturday's victory at Solihull.

Enzio Boldewijn notched two assists, Sam Osborne rounded off a lovely team move and Kristian Dennis produced a typically clinical finish against Maidenhead - but they all missed out against the Moors.

Speaking on Monday, Neil Cox was pleased to reveal that we have no fresh injury concerns and that Sean Shields had returned to training. The winger's availability will be assessed ahead of the match.

Maidenhead's Danny Whitehall, who came off the bench against us on Boxing Day, will surely start this time around after taking his season tally to 11 by hitting both goals against Wrexham last time out.

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Head to head

Goals from Kyle Wootton, Sam Osborne and Kristian Dennis fired us to victory against our fellow Magpies on Boxing Day, in the first ever competitive meeting between the clubs.

Click here to watch the goals.


The officials

Referee: Matthew Russell

Assistant referees: Joshua Ainscow and Aurel Onita

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The National League’s official betting partner LV BET take a look at the pick of the New Year’s Day fixtures on Matchday 29.

AFC Fylde v Barrow

• Barrow hold a two-point lead at the top of the National League and are nine games without defeat

• Fylde are just one place outside the drop zone and are five without a win

• The leaders’ away form is fantastic - they have one defeat in nine on the road, winning seven of those matches

• Fylde have won just one in their last seven at home and average just a goal a game at Mill Farm in that time

Bromley v Dover

• Title-chasing Bromley’s win over Dagenham on Saturday was just their second victory in six

• Dover comprehensively won the reverse fixture 3-0 at the Crabble on Boxing Day and are now aiming for three wins in a row

• No side have lost fewer games at home than Bromley this year - they have scored 31 goals at Hayes Lane, more than anyone else

• Dover are the National League’s best away team, Andy Hessenthaler’s Whites taking 26 from their 12 games on the road so far

FC Halifax v Stockport

• Halifax’s recent win over Chesterfield was their first home victory since September

• Stockport County are fifth but have let in more goals than any side in the top half of the table

• County battered Halifax 5-1 on Boxing Day and have scored in every game since October

• Halifax have let in nine goals in their last three matches but did keep a rare clean sheet last time out

Maidenhead v Notts County

• Notts County have now won three games in a row for the first time this season. They haven’t lost since 23 November

• Maidenhead striker Danny Whitehall took his tally to 11 after his double downed Wrexham on Saturday

• Notts have won three of their last four away games, scoring 11 goals

• Despite the York Road win on Saturday, Maidenhead have the third-worst home record in the league - winning only three times in front of their own fans

Chorley v Wrexham

• The two struggling clubs start 2020 in the bottom four but both are in touch of survival

• Chorley haven’t won since November but have taken seven points from 12 at home

• Dean Keates’ Dragons won Boxing Day’s fixture 3-1 with JJ Hooper, Devonte Redmond and Omari Patrick all scoring

• Travel-sick Wrexham have taken just six points from a possible 42 away from home this season

Top Picks from LV BET

3/2 Leaders Barrow to win away again by defeating Fylde

16/1 Dover to lead Bromley at half-time, but Bromley take the points

12/1 Stockport's Tom Walker to open the scorings v FC Halifax

13/1 Maidenhead v Notts County to end without a goal

3/2 Wrexham to win away from only a second time at Chorley

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