0-1 Sailsbury City 24/03 By Stefan Baisden

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Goal shy Maidenhead United slipped to 17th in the Blue Square South after they were beaten 1-0 by Salisbury City at York Road this afternoon.

Charles Watts reports in the Maidenhead Advertiser: A first half strike from Stuart Sinclair was enough to give the visitors maximum points and leave the Magpies looking nervously over their shoulders at the drop zone. Surprise wins for Eastbourne Borough against leaders Woking and Staines Town at play-off chasing Dover have left United just three points above the bottom three.

They were again left to rue a lack of killer instinct up front this afternoon as they drew their fourth blank in front of goal in their last five games.

They started well but all their good early work was undone when Sinclair was left unmarked in the box and he sent a controlled finish past Billy Lumley to give Salibsury the lead on 20 minutes.

Boosted by the goal, the visitors controlled the rest of the half and only a stunning save from Lumley denied Ben Adelsbury from doubling their lead. Maidenhead were much improved after the break with substitute Alex Wall twice going close to an equaliser.

The striker, who was sent off in the defeat against Welling on Tuesday night, drove over from the edge of the box and then poked an effort wide after getting on the end of a Reece Tison-Lascaris cross shot. Centre-back John Scarborough prodded an effort past the post after a goalmouth scramble while Paul Semakula dragged an effort across the face of goal as the hosts continued to press.

At the other end, Sinclair wasted a glorious opportunity to bag his second of the afternoon and Robbie Matthews was denied by Lumley.

United piled on the pressure in the closing stages and almost salvaged a point when Mark Nisbet got his foot to Wall’s free-kick but his effort dropped inches wide. Maidenhead: Lumley, Behzadi, Solomon, Brown, Scarborough, Nisbet, Powell (Semakula, 73), Hinds, Holgate, Williams (Wall, 62), Tison-Lascaris.

Unused subs: Pritchard, McKain, Lennox. Salisbury: Scott, Udoji, Brett, Dutton, Webb, Giles, Sinclair, Adelsbury, Griffin, Matthews, Williams (Fitchett, 11) Losasso, 80)). Unused subs: Clark, Bell-Baggie, Puddy.
Attendance: 434

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