05:00PM, Thursday 12 October 2017
Maidenhead HC men’s 1sts won back-to-back league and cup matches over the weekend to kick-start their new campaign. On Saturday in MBB&O Regional 1, Maids overcame Eastcote 5-1 and then the following day beat Guildford 4-3, both matches being less than straight forward according to captain Chris Brown.
“It was much closer than the scoreline suggests,” said Brown of the league win which came through goals from Matthew Heller, Aqeel Hussain, Matthew Keylock and Stephen Roe (2).
“It was only in the last third that we went away from Eastcote. That said we played well throughout and were eventually clinical, having missed a few chances in the first half.
“We have had some tough games with them over recent years, and they finished second last season, but they tend to rely on a few individuals.
“I think we are more of a unit, which told.”
Team work was crucial to the EHL Cup success over Guildford the next day which was not secured until the last few minutes.
“We sneaked it,” said Brown.
“Guildford are a big club who have struggled in recent years but they are a side in the division above and still put out a team full of good young players.
“We had a few players missing but our squad and fringe guys did well, but it was an odd game.
“We dominated early and were 2-0 up, only to let them back in during the second half. They eventually led 3-2 at one stage before we scored two late ones to win.
“It was a good cup tie but we should have put it away in the first half.”
Maids’ goals came from Cameron Upton, Matt Heller, Callum Turner and Jamie Harris, while keeper Andy Downing saved a second half penalty stroke.
Maids are away to Wallingford in the league on Saturday.
Maidenhead women's 1sts suffered a third consecutive defeat in Southern Women's League Division 1 when they went down 3-1 away at Teddington. Maids host Wimbledon 1As on Saturday.
Maidenhead Merlins couldn’t bring their magic on the opening day of the TVC season as they went down to a 6-2 home defeat to the Marlow Strollers.
The match began well enough for the Merlins when Rhys Edwards dribbled the ball into the D and netted their first goal, but their promising start soon faded away.
After a few close calls the Strollers managed to put the ball past Ronnie Fuller to make it 1-1, and a miserable 10 minutes followed as the Strollers added three more without reply.
Edwards netted again to close the gap between the sides to two goals, but Marlow continued to have the upper hand and added two more of their own before the end.
Marlow men’s 1sts were beaten 3-1 by Ashford on Saturday, their only goal coming from the stick of Tom Sheldon.
The Reds are back in action on Saturday when they entertain PHC Chiswick at Pound Lane.
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