Maidenhead United are hoping the prolific  Sam Barratt could return from injury in time for their visit to Huish Park on Tuesday night.

He rejoined the club in September after a disappointing spell at Southend United and has weighed in with 15 goals so far this season.

However, the 25-year-old has not featured since picking up an injury whilst scoring a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Hartlepool United earlier this month.

Barratt has been joined among the goals by the towering form of strike partner Danilo Orsi-Dadamo, all 6’2″ of him, who has 17 goals in 28 games this season

The former Hampton & Richmond man will be familiar to the Glovers after scoring twice, including a late penalty, as Yeovil went down 4-2 at York Road at the end of January.


FROM THE (ASSISTANT) MANAGER

Speaking after the 3-0 defeat to title-chasing Sutton United on Saturday, Maidenhead assistant manager Ryan Peters said:

“We’re down to the bare bones at the moment and without these players we do not look like scoring many, and you are only going to hold out for so long before someone ends up scoring against you.

“We have nine players out and probably five or six that have played a (significant) number of games this season.

“We hope that Sam Barratt may be back for Tuesday’s game (against Yeovil) but there isn’t anyone else we can see coming back for Tuesday’s game. Potentially for the next game, but Sam is our best hope for Tuesday.”

 


TEAM NEWS

Whilst Barratt is touch and go for the midweek game, fellow Maidenhead frontman Nathan Blissett is expected to be missing for the game.

The former Bristol Rovers man has not featured since suffering a hairline fracture colliding with advertising hoardings in the 0-0 draw with Barnet at the start of April.

Fellow forward Josh Kelly is pushing for a restart after returning from injury and former Yeovil defender Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi returned from injury for the defeat to Sutton at the weekend.

Defender Ryheem Sheckleford will sit out the trip to Huish Park as he serves the final game of a three-match ban.

 


A FOOT IN BOTH CAMPS

There seems certain to be two familiar faces in the Maidenhead starting XI with defender Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi and midfielder Rohan Ince both having turned out in green and white in the past.

Former Chelsea youngster Twumasi arrived at Huish Park in August 2013 but appeared just three times in the Glovers’ season in the Championship.

He was far more involved the following season as Yeovil nose-dived through League One, playing 30 times and getting sent off in his first appearance of the season, the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat to Gillingham.

The 31-year-old departed for Newport County following his release followed by a couple of seasons at Maidstone United before arriving at Maidenhead.

Nana seems to still have a feisty side to his game having been red-carded in the club’s home game with W*ymouth last month – once a Glover always a Glover.

Ince’s flirtation with Yeovil was far more limited, appearing just four times and making a single start at the beginning of the 2012-13 season whilst on loan from Chelsea.

He went on to do okay for himself with six years at Brighton & Hove Albion and loan spells at Fulham, Swindon Town abnd Bury, before making a free transfer move to Cheltenham Town in July 2019.

Ince arrived at Maidenhead last November and has been a regular fixture in the side ever since.


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