08:00PM, Wednesday 19 January 2022
Ryheem Sheckleford returned to the line-up after a spell out due to injury. Photo: Darren Woolley
Luton Town loanee Sam Beckwith expects Maidenhead United will have shocked a few people with the strength of their performance in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Chesterfield.
The result, a hugely significant one at both ends of the table, will have sent shockwaves across the National League, and Beckwith believes clubs will treat the Magpies with a little more respect from now on.
United moved seven points clear of the relegation zone off the back of the victory, while the Spireites missed the chance to overtake Halifax Town at the top of the table.
Goals from Josh Kelly and Dan Sparkes thrust the hosts into a two-goal advantage midway through the first half, before Jeff King cut the deficit with a stunning free-kick on the stroke of half-time. The league’s leading scorer Kabonga Tshimanga levelled with a typically clinical poachers finish 10 minutes into the second half, but the plaudits went to Maidenhead and Kelly when he helped home Alan Massey’s flick 10 minutes from time.
“We stepped up to their level,” said Beckwith, on loan from Luton until the end of the season. “At times we were the better side which I think shocked a lot of people. We then went 2-0 up and I feel like that woke them up a little and they came back at us really hard, but we defended really well. They managed to get it back to 2-2 but thankfully, Kelly came in clutch with a couple of goals.
“As a back four we were really compact. We didn’t allow Tshimanga, who is the top scorer in the league, much time. He scored but there wasn’t a lot we could do about that. It just popped up to him at the right time. Overall, we’re happy with that as a back four and there are a lot of positives to take into the game against Halifax on Saturday.”
Beckwith was forced to make a slight adjustment when an injury to Dan Sparkes saw him replaced by George Wells, but he was happy with the protection he received down the left flank from both players.
“We have a good understanding of each position, and an understanding of what our roles and responsibilities are,” he said. “When Sparkesy went off after 20 minutes or so, Wellsy came on and did a perfect job.
“It was dream for me to have them in front of me.
“It feels like this is a shock to everyone, and hopefully it will be remembered for a long time.
“But I also feel like everyone will now realise that Maidenhead are a good side.
“In the last three games we’ve won two and drawn one. The results are coming, slowly but surely, and there’s still a long way to go this season.”
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