07:00PM, Wednesday 22 January 2020
Chris Brown says he’s hoping Maidenhead Men’s 1sts can take advantage of Henley’s ‘less mobile’ players when the sides meet at Altwood School on Saturday.
The Maidenhead captain was disappointed his side wasn’t able to build on their 2-1 win over Richmond two weeks ago, when Saturday’s game at Oxford OBU was postponed due to a frozen and slippery pitch.
But he’s confident they can make it back-to-back home wins in 2020 when Henley visit this weekend.
The visitors arrive at Altwood two places above Maids in MBBO Premier Division 2 West, having thumped another of the struggling sides, Woking, 5-1 on Saturday.
However, while Henley have plenty of experience in their ranks, Brown believes that – at least for a number of the squad – their more agile days are behind them.
“They’re a side with lots of experience,” he said.
“They were playing in the league above not too long ago and a lot of the squad were involved in that.
“The spine of their side has played at a high level in the past, so they certainly know how to manage games and be effective.
“At their place we were 3-1 up and should have put the game to bed. But we let them back into it and felt we’d thrown away two points when we came away with a draw.”
Brown added: “I know they had a good win at the weekend against Woking, another side down at the bottom of the table with us, but we’ll be looking to get three points from the game.
“They are able to play quickly but hopefully we’ll be able to target some of their less mobile players. They have a lot of experience but their more agile days are behind them.”
Brown and his teammates received an email on Saturday morning informing them their game at Oxford OBU was off due to a frozen pitch.
“It was frustrating not to play but the silver lining is it’s given certain players more time to shake off ‘knocks and niggles’.
“It was a shame because, despite it being cold, it was a lovely day for it,” said Brown. “Their pitch doesn’t get much direct sunlight and it was deemed too much of a risk to play.
“A lot of these pitches are water-based, or rely on moisture for them to play well, which is why when it’s cold they freeze and become too hard to play on.
“But it’s allowed players to rest any knocks or niggles they’ve picked up. The game against Richmond was fairly physical. There were some robust challenges.”
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Maids have won three of their last four games, a run that's seen them move off the bottom of Division 1 and up to ninth in the table.
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