"As for Maidenhead, the conga (which was amusing) aside, quite a strange bunch really – some the oddest chants I've ever heard at a football match" ~ localboy86, Amber Planet forum, 26th April 2015

Monday 4 March 2019

Away Day Diary: AFC Fylde 2-1 Maidenhead United (02/03/19)

After three consecutive 1-0 wins, the second opportunity for Maidenhead United to record four National League victories in a row 
 for the first time  came at Mill Farm (the venue, last season, for Tarpey's four-goal midweek master class)

Four of us on the 07:17 from Maidenhead (joining Chris Rad. and Calum, who were already on the train); TWS was supping a large can of Stella after making light work of a bottle of passion fruit and apple cider, as the 08:53 left Euston!

Coventry City fan at Preston, with a large drum on his back, a strong contender for 'Wally of the Year'; other topics of conversation on the outward journey included commemorative football shirts, the six men to have scored 100+ goals for Maidenhead (Copas 270, Chatterton 148, Denton 137, Laryea 123, Lowen 110, Day 108), and Doon Mackichan

First stop, after our 11:56 arrival into Blackpool North, was Bar 19: a bit grotty, but decent beers and only £10 for four pints

You would have thought that we'd never been to Blackpool before, judging by the number of 'tourist' photos (sea, pier, tower, trams, etc.) taken – much to Craig's annoyance – during the short walk to the Wetherspoons (where the rooftop terrace was closed! #badjuju)

Like most right-minded ale drinkers, I'd planned on avoiding the Greene King pub – particularly as I didn't fancy watching the North London derby (I didn't find out, until much later, that Aubameyang had missed a last-minute penalty) – but was outvoted and so in we went; an excellent pint of Cotleigh's Honey Buzzard, TBF, which was my 'Beer of the Day' ... at least until Ossett Brewery's Blonde – in the Old Vic, opposite Preston station – on the way home ('Pub of the Day', BTW, was the Stanley Arms in Wesham)

Danny Rowe turned Alfie Kilgour inside out (no mean feat) before firing home to cancel Ryan Upward's early opener – which Macleod (M) had missed! – and Fylde took the lead not long after the break; they're a decent footballing side (with an impressive off-field set-up; a pity that relatively few people seem to care) and probably deserved to win, but they didn't create many gilt-edged chances, and it was hugely frustrating for me that the winning goal came from a goalkeeping error

Eighteenth in the table now 
 down two places  but still five points clear of the relegation zone, with a game in hand; as Jon Urry said, between mouthfuls of fish supper, we need to bounce back against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday

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