05:30PM, Thursday 30 November 2017
Maidenhead HC men’s 1sts captain Chris Brown was left frustrated by the 3-1 defeat to Slough on Saturday, a result which saw his side drop back to sixth in MBBO Regional 1.
Brown scored for Maids, from a penalty stroke midway through the second half, but two first-half goals from the prolific Raj Singh and another from Paul Brown earned the visitors success at Altwood.
Maids’ skipper said: “Slough are a well drilled side who played to their strengths and have one or two very talented players.
“They have a good finisher who has played at a much higher level who they get the ball to as early as they can.
“The loss was a combination of us being slack and not performing as we can and them successfully counter-attacking and getting the ball to the one man they leave high up the pitch.
Starting the second half 3-0 down, Brown said Maids had 80 per cent of the possession and, as well as scoring, also hit the woodwork, but Slough’s tactics of frustration kept chances to a minimum.
Maids are away to struggling Milton Keynes 2nds on Saturday for a match Brown knows his team need to win.
He said: “Milton Keynes are a different prospect, but losing to Slough has made a difficult match even more important.
“Defeat to Slough isn’t a season-defining result, but we must now do well at Milton Keynes.”
Phil Spencer netted a couple of goals as Marlow Strollers defeated Maidenhead Merlins 3-2 on Saturday.
Greg Bagwell notched the other for Strollers, while Laurie Shotton and David Rennie scored for Merlins.
Maidenhead HC women’s 1sts secured just their second success of the South Women’s League Division 1 campaign when they overcame hosts Reading 2nds 6-2.
They host leaders Surbiton on Saturday at Altwood.
Marlow HC men’s 1sts are back up to fifth in MBBO Regional 1 after a 4-3 victory over Wallingford.
Matthew Bilsland, Tom Sheldon, Dan Strange and Gregory Tyler scored their goals.
They are away to Slough on Saturday.
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