Maidenhead United deservedly earned their third straight win with Tuesday’s committed 2-1 victory against promotion-chasing Sutton United.

But manager Alan Devonshire’s delight at the win, and the hard-working performance of his players, was tinged with sadness as he revealed he’s likely to lose three or four of the squad over the summer. Devonshire would desperately love to keep this team together, and build upon it for a shot at the National League play-offs next season. And while he’d never stand in the way of players’ progression, he’ll be unhappy at the prospect of losing key members of what he’s called ‘the best squad he’s worked with’.

“I’m really pleased with our fitness levels; we’re a part-time team but we’ve got that desire, and we’ve just got to keep it going now and we’ll see if we can finish the season on a high.

“We’ve got to do that (fight), and if we can finish 12th, what a great year that would be. That’s what we’ve got our eyes on. I always said that once we achieved survival we’d look at our next target, and that’s now 12th place. We’ve got some tough games, Dagenham and Leyton Orient, which will be very tough, and we finish with Bromley who are finishing strongly because they’ve got the FA Trophy at the end of the season.”

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