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The Terras are back in action on Tuesday night as they travel to Berkshire to face Maidenhead United.
Brian Stock’s side are going into the game on the back of three consecutive defeats to Halifax, Torquay and most recently Aldershot Town. The Terras have had time to rest following these fixtures, having not played since the 13th April, which was much needed after the busy Easter period.
The Magpies are currently 12th in the table and in the 5 games since their last match against the Terras, they have lost just once, 1-0 to Eastleigh. They have won their last 2 matches however, a 2-1 victory against Woking was preceded by a 6-0 thrashing of Wealdstone. In that game, Danilo Orsi-Odomo bagged a 9-minute hat-trick for the Magpies. Dan Sparkes netted a brace within 4 minutes late on to make it 6.
When the sides last played each other earlier in the month the Terras ran out 2-1 winners. Sam Barrett had put the Magpies ahead directly from a corner but a Manny Parry red card saw a collapse from the away side. Sean Shields scored the Terras’ first in the comeback, as his cross evaded all to find its way into the net. Then, in the 95th minute, Andy Dallas was brought down in the area and was awarded a penalty which he then converted. After the full-time whistle, Maidenhead boss Alan Devonshire gathered his players together to talk to them about the performance. One could argue that this tactic has added to the form of the Magpies in recent games, and they will be looking to atone for mistakes made in the reverse fixture.
The Terras will be full of confidence ahead of the game with the news of Andy Dallas having his time at the club extended until the end of the season. The hotshot has tallied up 8 goals for the Terras so far and will be looking to add to that in tomorrow’s clash.