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Burchnall expecting open affair

Head coach previews Maidenhead

11 May 2021

Ian Burchnall believes this evening’s match at Maidenhead will be played out by two teams who ‘want to attack the game.’

On many occasions this season our opponents have been happy to sit off and try to hit us on the break.

But Burchnall believes in-form Maidenhead, who beat Hartlepool 4-2 with 10 men on Saturday, will be going all out for a win which would keep their play-off hopes alive.

“I don’t expect them to defend with a low block,” revealed Burchnall. “I think they’ll come out and have a go because they’ve got nothing to lose. I imagine it will be a case of two teams who want to attack the game.

“It’s a tricky away game in a tough environment. I don’t see the pitch being particularly good, so we’ll have some challenges from that perspective, and they’re a very physical, direct team.

“They move the ball from back to front very quickly, which worked for them at Hartlepool, and they can be a real handful when they’re in their stride.

“They’re not totally out of the play-off picture yet, which will make them hungry, but while we’re definitely not taking them lightly we’ll be going there with confidence.”

Burchnall will have Dion Kelly-Evans at his disposal after the defender served a one-match suspension on Saturday, while Alex Lacey remains a long-term absentee as he awaits results from a scan.

Lewis Knight has resumed training but is unlikely to be in Burchnall’s thoughts until next week.

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