On Saturday, a Vanarama South record that has stood for six years could be broken when league leaders Maidenhead come to the Woodspring Stadium to face Weston-super-Mare. The Magpies are aiming to put as much distance between themselves and Ebbsfleet as possible, whilst the Seagulls will look to continue their good form and extend the gap between themselves and the bottom three.
The last run-out for the Seagulls saw them go down 1-2 to visitors Wealdstone on Tuesday night. An action filled game, which saw an officiating injury, another Dayle Grubb goal to please the home fans and a winner in the last 10 minutes from the Stones. Scott Bartlett continues to maintain a positive outlook on Weston’s position, and with the squad maintaining their current high morale Maidenhead could be in for a tough time of things on Saturday afternoon.
Maidenheads Dave Tarpey’s tally is currently standing at 33 league goals so far this season. He will have his sights firmly set on at least equaling Adam Birchall’s record for most league goals scored in a Vanarama South season. Birchall netted an impressive 34 goals in the 2010-11 season. One strike from the Maidenhead talisman will be enough to equal the record, however a brace will see Tarpey name going into the National League South record books once and for all.
Last time these two sides met at Maidenhead’s ground, York Road, ended in a 3-0 win for the hosts. It was the first game for the team since the departure of head coach Ryan Northmore, and the Seagulls travelled with Jon Haile temporarily at the helm. Tarpey nodded in from a corner, before Forbes scored from a cross-cum-shot and Tarpey made it a brace when he smashed home a penalty in injury time.
The last game between these two sides at the Woodspring came as the final home game for Weston last season. Scott Wilson slotted home a penalty before Dayle Grubb drilled into the corner after a lethal counter attack to stave off relegation for the Seagulls.
Seagulls gaffer Scott Bartlett is anticipating a third home game in seven days, and stated “We can’t wait to test ourselves against the league leaders. We played well on Tuesday night but ultimately got nothing from the game. We are full of respect for Maidenhead but will be working hard to win another valuable three points.”