08:00AM, Thursday 29 November 2018
Matthew Heller (above) scored in the win at Oxford Hawks
MBBO Regional 1 leaders Maidenhead HC stretched their unbeaten run to 10 matches with Saturday’s 2-0 win over Oxford Hawks, and captain Chris Brown is confident his side have the tools at their disposal to beat most teams this season.
Maids dominated in most areas of the field, and deservedly won the match with goals from Matthew Heller and David Tyler, but Brown was slightly concerned they’d pay for their profligacy when they failed to take chances to kill off their hosts.
He’s also convinced there’s further improvement to come from the side that have now won eight and drawn two of their MBBO Regional 1 matches this season. He added that most sides will find Maids difficult to beat if they impose themselves and dictate play like they did on Saturday.
“We know that if we get things right in defence we’ll beat most teams because of our strong attack,” he said.
“Oxford was a tough place to go yet we came away with a win and a clean sheet which we’re extremely proud of. We controlled the game in a lot of areas and were able to press Oxford back. They had some chances from short corners but we were organised and made sure we were hard to beat. We’re making teams defend more and not allowing them to attack so this (hard to beat) identity is something we’re starting to cling on to.
“We got the right result but we know it wasn’t the complete performance,” he said. “We were wasteful in front of goal at times and should have put a few more of our chances away. I was pleased we didn’t live to regret those. But I think if we focus on attacking teams and limiting what they can do as an offensive force we’ll more often than not come away with the points.”
This Saturday they host ninth placed Eastcote, who defeated Reading 3rds in a 5-4 thriller last weekend.
“I think that result shows they’re capable of taking chances if we’re not on our game,” he added. “In the past they’ve pushed for promotion so they know how to get results.
“So far we’re unbeaten but it would be naïve to think we’ll go through the entire campaign unbeaten.
Maidenhead Ladies remain rooted to the bottom of the South Club Women’s Hockey League after losing 6-1 at home to Wimbledon Ladies 1A.
The ladies team have lost all but one of their fixtures this season and will face an uphill struggle to get anything from this Saturday’s trip to fourth placed Spencer Women’s 1sts.
The club are starting to get cut adrift, with three points separating them from Brighton & Hove Ladies.
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