11:00AM, Friday 04 October 2019
Maidenhead Men’s 1st team failed to get their season rolling with a win as they fell to an opening day defeat against Richmond 2nds in South Hockey League Premier Division 2 West on Saturday.
Maids weren’t able to rediscover the form that led them to the MBBO Regional Division 1 championship title last season as they were beaten 2-1 on the road.
The visitors took the lead through Callum Turner’s strike, but their lack of clinical finishing was to their detriment as they took just a narrow lead into half-time.
After the break, Richmond levelled the scoring through Mark Antrobus with 20 minutes to go before Jeroen Sibia secured all three points for Richmond with a goal from the final play.
This Saturday Maidenhead face familiar foes when they host Oxford OBU, the side who climbed into Premier Division 2 West alongside them last season.
David Tyler believes the match up will be ‘a good test’ for Maids who know OBU inside out following their matches together over the past few seasons.
“I think OBU will be a good challenge for us. It will definitely help us to understand how we’ve progressed from last season,” he said.
“We’ve got a few injuries at the moment, so we didn’t have the strongest squad [against Richmond] but hopefully there’s a few players coming back for this Saturday’s fixture so we’ll be in better shape.”
Despite Saturday’s set-back Tyler believes newly promoted Maids can push for a top half finish this season and says they’ll benefit from the winning mentality they cultivated last season.
“I think it’s going to be quite a competitive league but we have the quality in our squad to match that,” he said.
“We want to have a positive season and we have ambition to definitely get out of this league and progress again.
“Whether it’s this season or next season we certainly have that objective.
“I think a top half finish would be a good result for us this year and we certainly want to stay in the league.”
Maidenhead Women’s 1sts have dropped to the bottom of South Hockey League Division 1 after Saturday’s one-sided 5-0 defeat to London Wayfarers 1sts.
Captain Bex Miall’s side have now lost their opening two matches, conceding 10 goals in the process.
They'll look to turn around their stuttering form at home to Reading Ladies 2nds on Saturday.
Reading sit just a couple of places above them in the table having collected their first point of the season in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Spencer Women’s 1sts.
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