I think every football fan and player could agree that this season has felt a long time coming. With no Euros or World Cup to keep us occupied, we have had to make do with a few pre-season matches and the dreams of a competitive fixture.
Yesterday, it all began again and as I arrived at the team coach we were all excited to get going and get to Eastbourne Borough to start the season as we (hopefully) mean't to go on.
I have to admit that leaving at 10.50am from Maidenhead, made me think I would have a lot of time to kill at The Sports and I would be able to capture some shots of the ground. Little did any of us realise that the M25 was in a terrible state, as was the last road in to Eastbourne. At just after 2.30pm, we arrived. With kick off delayed until 3.15, the team sprung in to action and started their warmup. So eager were they to get going that they swiftly removed all cases from the coach and headed to the changing rooms... taking my camera kit with them(!)
The first half of the match finished 0-0 and Maidenhead just edged the plaudits with Ben Wright's chance pushed wide, but there were some dangerous moments from Eastbourne, in particular from their set pieces.
Eastbourne were the better side in the first part of the second half and Worrall converted a penalty to take the lead. Maidenhead responded and were soon taking more chances and asking questions of the Eastbourne defence. Huggins was brought down in the area and Maidenhead's penalty was swiftly converted by Ben Wright.
That wasn't enough for the Magpies though and they continued to press. Ryan Upward's shot was picked up by Jake Reid and punched into the back of the net to take the lead.
Sam Barratt tried his luck from the half way line and was only just denied a stunning goal by the finger tips of the Eastbourne 'keeper.
The trip home had a feel good factor about it, made even better by the clear roads. For me, it was my last away trip until October due to other work, but can't wait for the first home match on Tuesday night.
There's such a buzz about the club at the moment and the fans were brilliant yesterday. After the second goal went in, they didn't stop singing "Alan Devonshire's black and white army". Let's hope they have something to sing about against Bishop's Stortford too!
Next game: York Road, Tues 11th Aug - 7.45pm