07:00PM, Friday 11 March 2022
Any momentum Maidenhead might have built from last weekend’s impressive 3-2 win over Trojans was quickly extinguished by Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Oxford OBU.
Maids would have come into the clash hopeful of a positive result, having played well in their recent 4-3 away defeat to OBU and buoyed by last weekend’s solid away win.
Phil Cowell saw his side throw away the chance of victory when the sides met at OBU’s ground a couple of weeks ago. Maids led 3-2 with around 10 minutes to play but conceded twice to hand their hosts the points.
But on this occasion the visitors ran out worthy winners, scoring four times with the hosts managing a solitary reply.
With two sides set to be relegated from the South Central Men’s Premier Division 1 table this season, Maids are doing everything in their power to finish outside of the bottom two.
They currently lead second from bottom Slough by four points, with Milton Keynes a couple of points further back but know their form must improve if they’re to pull clear in the coming weeks.
They also face a tough test at league leaders Oxford University on Saturday, a side who’ve lost just two of their 18 league games this season and who hammered a depleted Maids side 6-0 when the sides met at Altwood School back in November.
It may though be a good time to play them, with Oxford having failed to pick up maximum points from their last two matches, losing 4-3 at home to Banbury and drawing 1-1 away at Henley this weekend. Despite this they’ll go into Saturday’s game as heavy favourites and Maids may be looking for favours from Staines and Winchester to keep their four-point buffer from the bottom two.
Maidenhead’s women also suffered a disappointing, if not entirely unexpected, 2-0 defeat at leaders Oxford Hawks 2nds.
Maids have found some consistency in recent weeks, beating Henley and Havant 5-0 and 3-0 respectively, but this was an altogether tougher challenge against a team that’s won 15 of its 18 league matches. Despite this the Hawks are being pushed all the way by Reading 2nds who moved level with them on points after thumping Winchester 5-0 on Saturday.
Defeat for Maids leaves them fifth in the South Central Women's Premier Division 1 table, nine points adrift of Oxford 1sts.
This Saturday they face bottom of the table Winchester, a side who've yet to taste victory, so the prospect of them bouncing back with a win is a good one.
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