Maidenhead United FC downed by champions Woking
Maidenhead United FC were plunged deeper into the relegation mire as they lost 1-0 to Woking at York Road this afternoon - a result which saw the Surrey outfit crowned champions.
Giuseppe Sole scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half to give the visitors the win they needed to clinch the title.
The Magpies now sit two points adrift of safety in the Blue Square South and know they may have to win both remaining games to beat the drop.
It's a tough ask but boss Johnson Hippolyte is refusing to wave the white flag.
He said: "We've got two cup finals left. It was always going to be about those two games for me. We're not down, we're not going to give it up. I know if the right Maidenhead turn up we can win games. They just need to believe in themselves.
"We stayed up on the last day of the season last year. What's to say we won't do that again?"
Hippolyte's side put up a brave showing against Woking but, as has been the case so often this season, were lacking up front.
After an even start to the contest they fell behind on 23 minutes when Jon Scarborough needlessly tripped Sole in the box, giving away a penalty.
Sole took the spot kick himself and scored from the rebound after seeing Billy Lumley make a fine save from his initial effort.
Boosted by the goal, Woking went in search of a second and they should have got one but Sole miscued horribly having been found by Paris Cowan-Hall.
Moses Ademola then flashed an effort across goal as United just about hung on to reach half-time.
The Magpies improved after the break and began to ask some questions of the Woking backline.
But despite getting into some promising positions they couldn't find the right pass and Cards keeper Aaron Howe had very little to do.
At the other end Woking seemed happy to hang on to what they'd got but they still created chances to double their lead.
Sole couldn't quite connect with Kieran Murtagh's cross when well placed before Joe McNerney saw a shot cleared off the line, with the visitors appealing furiously for a handball.
But in the end Sole's first half strike proved to be enough and Woking were left to celebrate on the final whistle while Maidenhead were left to nervously ponder what lies ahead over the next fortnight.
Maidenhead: Lumley, Behzadi, Solomon, Brown, Nisbet (Semakula, 90), Scarborough, Powell, McKain, Holgate (Tison-Lascaris, 70), Barney, Pritchard (Williams, 81). Subs not used: Hippolyte, Opara.
Woking: Howe, Newton, Cestor, Murtagh (Duncan, 88), Inns, McNerney, Cowan-Hall (Hammond, 76), Davis, Ademola (Binns, 76) Sole, King. Subs not used: Wilson, Little.
Referee: Ashvin Degnarain (London).