07:00PM, Wednesday 12 February 2020
Maidenhead Hockey Club captain Chris Brown praised his side’s mentality following a ‘tough to swallow’ 6-5 defeat to Staines.
After going behind twice in the first half, Maidenhead managed to burst ahead after half time, scoring four goals to go 5-2 up.
Brown’s side were cruising with 20 minutes to go, but a combination of ill-discpline and bad luck led to a spectacular collapse, with Maidenhead conceding four goals and walking off the pitch at the end of the match with nothing to show for their efforts.
Brown said: “It was a mentally tough result to swallow.
“It was a hugely competitive game and one where the momentum swung back and forth.
“We’re gutted because the squad worked incredibly hard and for periods of the game played incredibly well. Staines are one of the best sides in the league but they couldn’t live with us, but unfortunately we just didn’t have enough in us to see the game out.”
With his side reduced to ten men with about a quarter of the game left, captain Brown bemoaned his side’s bad luck.
He said: “We were 2-1 down at half time. We had gone a goal down and then brought it back to 1-1.
“Then we were 2-1 down. From then, we were always on the wrong side of the umpire’s decisions in the game.
“It’s something that we don’t usually experience and we feel like we didn’t get the rub of the green which did impact us because we probably spent a quarter of the game down to 10 men which is always tough to deal with.
“We found ourselves trying to suppress their momentum, but there was lots of aggressive attacking by them, and perhaps a little bit of fragility from us, they ended up sneaking their noses in front with a couple of minutes to go.”
Despite the heartbreaking result, Brown was still able to take plenty of positives from the match. He said: “I think to go behind twice and drag ourselves back to put what we thought would be enough daylight between us to get the result was incredibly pleasing.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Brown was keen to keep things in perspective for his team.
He said: “If we’re being completely realistic, the target is staying up and I think we’d be naive to think we’re not involved in that relegation battle but we’re not getting too far ahead of ourselves.
“We will try to channel the performance into this weekend away at Surbiton and just focus our efforts on that.”
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