Maidenhead HC Men grab late win to stay top of the table with two games to go.

Tom Marrriott (left), David Tyler (middle) and Matt Keylock (right) celebrate.

Maidenhead Men’s snatched a late 5-4 win against Reading in what might be a title deciding victory for the Berkshire side.

Despite not leading throughout the game, Maidenhead scored the winner and the ninth goal of the afternoon late in the contest to keep their buffer at the top of the Middx, Berks, Bucks & Oxon - MBBO Regional Division 1.

“It was a hugely entertaining game for spectators and people watching,” said captain Chris Brown.

“But it was a bit closer than we would have liked. We are over the moon to get the result, though in future we do hope it’s less stressful, but that was mainly down to our own doing.”

Brown led by example as he got Maids winner late in the game with a calmly converted penalty stroke.

“It was an absolutely massive result,” added Brown “The only time we were leading in the game was right in the last minute after we’d scored the rest of the game we were either level or we were chasing so that was added pressure. And that can play with people’s minds but the great thing is we didn’t let it.

“We over came that adversity. We rallied together when it really mattered.”

With two games left in the season Maidenhead continue to lead the way, but know they cannot afford a slip up when they take on Oxford University this weekend, with Oxford OBU hot on their tails, with a game in hand.

Their five point lead over second place could be whittled down to just two if OBU win their game in hand – which would make the two sides’ meeting on the final day of the season even more of a spectacle.

“It would be lovely to get things sorted before we meet OBU but we just have to focus on ourselves.” Admitted Brown.

“In some ways we don’t have to worry about the pressure of promotion now that is sorted. I wouldn’t say it was hanging over us but it could have been on a few peoples minds.  But with promotion guaranteed that’s a load off our minds.”

Maidenhead Ladies 1sts suffered their 16th defeat of the season, going down 4-1 at Wimbleodon 1sts. The bottom club hosts Spencer Women's 1sts at Altwood on Saturday. They trail 11th placed Brighton by two points.