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Brown claims Maidenhead HC were stymied by 'frustrating Slough HC'

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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