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Hockey: Maidenhead HC suffer 'frustrating' play-off defeat after conceding last-minute goal

Maidenhead HC men’s captain Chris Brown was left

‘frustrated’ and ‘disappointed’ after his side lost their

promotion play-off semi-final against Old Borderians to a last-minute goal.

Saturday’s match was a cagey affair which always seemed likely to be decided by one goal, and so it proved.

The Kent side then progressed into the final played a couple of hours later which they lost 2-0 to Staines.

The Maids 1st XI skipper said that despite missing out on promotion, it had still been a positive campaign.

“It was a mixture of frustration and disappointment to lose it late,” said Brown.

“But I’m proud we finished second in the table and earned a chance to play for promotion.

“All that’s happened this season is a step in the right direction.

“In previous years we have fallen away in the league season and finished third or fourth.

“But this season we came second and gained a play-off place.

“So, with most of the core of the team staying for next season, hopefully we can develop and progress.

“We’ll have a break then have a big review of the season before starting pre-season in August.”

Reflecting on the semi-final setback, Brown said: “For a long time it looked like it might go to extra-time as neither team looked clinical in front of goal.

“They had a lot of possession and territory in the first half without creating much.

“I thought we adapted well to their organised style, the way they stretched play and overloaded one wing. And the second half we had chances and a few short corners, but didn’t make the most of them.”

He added: “Our top scorer, Aqeel, was injured and didn’t really play much of a part in the game, which hampered us.

“We seemed to have done enough but then they stole the ball and deflected it home right at the end.”

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