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Match preview: Maidenhead United

25 September 2018

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Here is our big match preview ahead of tonight's home fixture against Maidenhead United...

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The Spireites will be without top scorer Zavon Hines through suspension, after his dismissal in Saturday's game against Gateshead. Otherwise, Martin Allen has a full squad to select from.

The opposition

The Manager – Alan Devonshire
Devonshire enjoyed a fruitful playing career, making 358 appearances for West Ham over 14 years, notching up 29 goals in the process. While with the Hammers in the Second Division, they won the 1980 FA Cup, Devonshire providing the assist as the they defeated favourites and holders Arsenal at Wembley.

The following season he would again prove instrumental as West Ham won promotion back to the First Division. As well as promotion, Devonshire also featured in the club’s brief campaign in Europe as well as reaching the 1981Lleague Cup final, this time losing a replay to Liverpool. In 1990 he moved to Watford where, after two years, he announced his retirement. Devonshire was also an England international, making eight appearances for the Three Lions.

Devonshire began his managerial career at non-league Osterley and after a short spell he moved on to Brentford Women, before his first tenure with current club Maidenhead United in 1996. In his first tenure he guided Maidenhead to promotion to the Premier Division of the Isthmian League in the 1999/2000 season. He left for Hampton & Richmond Borough in 2003 and over his eight-year stay he steered the club from the Isthmian League Division One South to the play-off final in the Conference South.

In 2011, he then left for Braintree Town, who had recently been promoted to the Conference National. After four years, Devonshire returned to current club Maidenhead for a second spell, the highlight so far coming in the 2016/17 season, when he guided the club to the National League South title with 98 points, winning promotion to the National League.

One to Watch – Josh Kelly
The striker has been with the club since youth level and he had already made his first-team debut when he signed professional terms last December. Kelly spent last season on loan in the Isthmian League South Division with Walton Casuals, playing a vital role in their promotion via play-offs, racking up an incredible 38 goals in the process.

This season, despite a slow start, the 19-year-old is in impressive form. After failing to score in the first six games, he’s scored five in as many - including braces in wins over Eastleigh and Halifax. 

Head to Head

This will be the first time the two sides have faced each other in a competitive fixture.

From the Dugout

Martin Allen said: "On reflection, that was the first time in 13 games that we’ve played so poorly. We just did not get going, for one reason or another.

“I told everybody how I felt, but you have to draw a line under it at some point. 

“I think the players that played in that game on Saturday need to step up to the plate on Tuesday night.

"I’m pleased we’ve got this game. It gives the players a chance to show they are good players.

“It’s our chance to put it right and get on a run. We’ve got to bring the happiness back into people’s lives.”

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