03:55PM, Thursday 11 January 2018
Gearing up for the first game of 2018, Maidenhead Hockey Club’s men’s firsts captain hopes to pile the pressure on Oxford Hawks 2 on Saturday, and feels hopeful of a promotion.
The club are currently fifth in the Regional 1 table with 18 points, having had some ups and downs in the run up to Christmas.
The team lost 3-1 at home to Slough in November, gained a 4-2 win against Milton Keynes 2s in December before drawing with PHC Chiswick.
After resting up over the festive season, team captain Chris Brown feels optimistic about a promotion.
“We’re still very hopeful,” said Brown.
“Very positive, we know the league is going to be extra difficult. We don’t want to make that gap any bigger.”
He is looking at the club’s position in the table as a positive.
“There’s no pressure on us and we can just go and pile the pressure on the other teams. The league has shown for many seasons and almost every week that nothing is set in stone. There are loads and loads of twist and turns.
“Nothing is beyond this season. We are not going to get too focused on the end goal because you can take the eye off the ball that’s in front of you.
“We have to see where we are in four or five games time.”
Commenting on Saturday’s game, at Altwood School at 1.15pm, Brown says there will be a good opportunity for his teammates to ‘hit the ground running’.
“We are very good at moving the ball around, we get the control of games for a very long time and try and put on pressure.
“When we do that we establish the tempo of the game, we’re very good at making sure the game is played at our pace. Sometimes that can be quite draining.”
Oxford Hawks 2 are trailing behind Maidenhead in seventh place with 16 points.
Chris says he is wary of giving his opponents an opportunity to make counter-attacks due to their young and fast paced forwards.
W League rivals Marlow will look to build on their 4-1 win over Amersham & Chiltern when they visit Milton Keynes 2.
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