08:00PM, Friday 25 March 2022
Maidenhead Men’s 1sts were defeated for the third game in succession on Saturday, as Phil Cowell's side went down 3-2 at home to Reading 2nds, however, the performance was a vast improvement on their 11-1 loss to Oxford University the previous weekend.
Maids have endured a difficult season in the South Central Men’s Premier Division 1 to date, winning just four of their 18 matches, however, with a four point advantage over second bottom Slough, they should have enough points on the board to avoid relegation.
While injuries and a disappointing lack of availability has led to an extremely inconsistent season on the pitch, Maids have managed to win matches against sides in and around them in the table, beating the likes of Slough, Milton Keynes, Trojans, and Winchester. While far from perfect those wins, and three respectable draws, one of which was against Saturday's opponents Reading, should be enough to keep their noses above water heading into the final four matches of the season.
This Saturday they visit sixth-placed Bournemouth looking to put further distance between themselves and the bottom two teams, Slough, and Milton Keynes. Hopes of a midtable finish now look to be beyond them, however, they may still fancy their chances of finishing above fourth-from-bottom Trojans, who they beat 3-2 a few weeks ago and who sit just five points above them having played a game more.
They'll follow that with a double header at home to Milton Keynes and Banbury the following weekend (April 2-3) before finishing a campaign that promised more than its delivered away to Winchester on April 9.
After two successive league losses Maidenhead Women's 1sts will look to round off their South Central Women’s Premier Division 1 campaign on a more positive note with victories in their three remaining matches.
Maids weren't in action over the weekend meaning they still haven't been able to respond to their disappointing and unexpected 2-1 home defeat by bottom of the table Winchester earlier this month.
They host eighth-placed Bournemouth on Saturday - the team just below them in the table - before finishing their campaign with two away trips to Amersham & Chalfont on Tuesday (March 29) and Fareham (April 2) – the two sides just above them in the standings.