Visitors Lynn were given a gift of a goal head-start,
but Maidenhead played their way back into the game to
earn a 1-1 draw on Saturday.
The Linnets were the second team with championship
pretensions to visit York Road this week, but were pale
in comparison to the tough Chippenham outfit who also
took a point from the Magpies on Tuesday night.
Linnets boss Tommy Taylor said: "We scored nice and
early and had a couple of chances to increase our lead.
"Maidenhead didn't really hurt us and Shaun (Marshall)
and the defence were unhappy about not keeping a clean
Maidenhead put the ball in the net for the first time in
the third minute.
Unfortunately it was at the wrong end.
A searing run down the right wing from Paul Atkins ended
with an incisive cross into the six yard box which the
hapless Dominic Sterling could only turn past his
goalkeeper Chico Ramos (the Portuguese player who spent
six seasons at Benfica) to give a goal away.
The Bell Street faithful could be forgiven for thinking
this was the prelude to another humiliating defeat along
the lines of several during last season's relegation.
But the Magpies' heads did not drop and instead United
began a determined fightback into the game.
Within ten minutes Lynn keeper Shaun Marshall had to be
at his best to palm wide a Sterling effort who almost
made amends for his earlier lapse.
With Lynn adopting a direct approach they troubled Ramos
just once before half-time when a long ball was flicked
onto Jack Defty, whose shot was well saved.
With the interval in sight Marshall again came to Lynn's
rescue, parrying a wicked free-kick from Dwain Clarke.
It was Ramos' turn to show off his goalkeeping skills
midway through the second half when a snapshot out of
nothing from Shaun Carey drew a flying save to tip the
effort over the bar.
The equaliser came with less than a quarter of an hour
left on the watch, right-back Mark Nisbet making a rare
He dribbled the ball through the Lynn defence before
picking his spot to score a virtuoso goal.
With both sides lacking a cutting edge up front there
were no further chances, with perhaps the Maidenhead
manager Carl Taylor a little happier at the final
Magpies: Ramos, Smith (Haule 79), Parsons, Bunce, Sterling, Lewington,
Witt, Nisbet, O'Connor (Beevor 87), Hughes (Romeo 66), Clarke. Subs not used:
Goal: Nisbet 76.
Lynn: Marshall, West, Smith, Warren, Cooper, Carey, Atkins (McMahon 56),
Camm, J. Defty (O'Halloran 69), Frew (Nolan 74), Toms. Not used: Kennedy, C.
Defty. Goal: Own goal (Sterling) 3.
Referee: J. Comley (Windsor). Attendance: 257.