11:00AM, Friday 09 March 2018
Chris Brown believes Maidenhead men’s 1sts have the players to 'hurt' leaders Slough men’s 1sts when the teams meet at Upton Court Road on Saturday.
Free-scoring Slough, who have banged in 80 goals in 17 matches, lead MBBO Regional 1 by four points from Maids and have a game in hand. They have dominated most matches throughout the campaign, after winning promotion at the end of last season, but the Maids captain says his team beat them.
“We wouldn't take a point at this stage. We go there to win as we do all matches,” he said.
“We are certainly capable of winning. We have the players who can hurt them.
“If you go into a game against a team like Slough and just try to nulify them, then you're in for a long 70 minutes. You have to threaten them defensively also.”
He added: “They traditionally play at 10.30am. We have played at this time before so I don't think it will disrupt us.
“We will prepare as we normally do and have enough experienced players to not let it affect us. It’s a local game so travelling isn't an issue.”
Brown, who is injured and will watch from the sidelines, says Slough are a potent attacking threat.
“When we played them last time they sat deep and played fairly direct to their two talented and prolific forwards,” he said.
“I expect they’ll play a more hockey this time as they are at home, probably getting the forwards to run from deep.
“Either way they are a huge threat and we will have to make some good decisions on the day to thwart them.”
Slough 1st team manager Jasdeep Sira said he was wary of Maids but confident in his team’s abilities.
“Maidenhead appear to be in good form, not having lost a game since November last year, and are deserving of their position in the league,” he said.
“For Slough, it will be business as usual. Over the course of the season, we have taken each game as it comes and, this will be no different.
“This weekends fixture will certainly to be a highly contested and competitive affair.”
Maids come into the big match having had their derby with Marlow postponed because of the wintry weather, a match which could yet be important.
Brown said: “We will rearrange the game and, probably like last year, it will be at the end of the season so there could be something on the game which would make it even more interesting.”
Marlow men’s 1sts head to second-bottom Wallingford on Saturday keen to maintain the pressure on the top teams in MBBO Regional 1 while keeping alive their hopes of finishing in a promotion place.
The Reds, currently in fourth spot, were 4-3 winners over Wallingford when the two teams played at Pound Lane in November.
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