07:30PM, Thursday 08 February 2018
Maidenhead HC men's 1sts will need to turn back the clock and find the form they showed at Ashford in October if the are to do well in the re-match at Altwood School on Saturday.
This is according to Maids' injured captain Chris Brown who is wary of the threat that Ashford pose to his promotion-chasing side.
“Ashford have gone through some hot and cold patches, but I expect them to be strong on Saturday,” he said.
“They have a tradition of doing well at this level and have quality up front.
“We need to reproduce something close to the form we showed against them earlier which was our most complete in the first half of the season.
“But it won't be easy.
“Thy beat OMT 5-0 at the weekend and will be buoyed by that.”
Maids will also be confident as they come to the match off the back of a comprehensive 4-1 victory at Amersham & Chalfont.
Maids' goals were shared between Matthew Heller, Aqeel Hussain, Richard Mulvany and David Tyler
Brown, who watched the match from the sidelines, thought it was a solid success.
“I'm very pleased and it turned out to be a convincing win,” he said.
“Both teams played well on a horrible day weather-wise and on a bouncy pitch.
“We were very professional against a team who are strong at home.
“We had too much for them going forward, were strong in the final third and helped by them giving us back the ball too often.
“They had a few chances, mostly from counter-attacks, which is where their goal came from, but otherwise we were well worth the win.”
He added: “It was important to keep the momentum of the recent weeks going and maintain that winning habit.
“It’s good to keep stringing together these positive results.”
Maids remain third in MBBO Regional 1 and unbeaten in 2018 with three wins and a draw.
Rivals Marlow are two points and one place behind Maids after their 3-3 draw with Oxford.
Tom Sheldon, with two, and Lewis Good- man scored their goals.
Maidenhead Merlins beat Camberley Owls 4-0 with two goals in each half. Kuljit Bhachu scored twice, while Jack Hayward and Mahdi Hosany also hit the back-boards in a solid win.
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