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Maidenhead Mens 1sts were 'always under the cosh' in defeat to Surbiton, says captain Chris Brown

Maidenhead Mens 1sts captain Chris Brown admitted his side were ‘always under the cosh’ as they slumped to a 6-2 defeat against leaders Surbiton 2nds at Sugden Road. Trailing to two early goals Maids rallied to restore parity before half-time and continued to make a game of it against their high flying hosts into the second half.

However, a late capitulation followed as the clinical home side helped themselves to four more goals before the final whistle.

“They (Surbiton) played probably some of the best attacking I’ve seen and we’ve played against so far this season,” said Brown.

“We were always under the cosh, they had lots of chances, lots of possession and lots of territory.

“They were a really good side with a lot of talented individuals. We made a really poor start to the game and conceded two early goals which wasn’t the game plan. We worked really hard to drag ourselves back into it and the score was 2-2 by half time.

“The game was quite close in the middle third but they pulled away at the end of the game. We had our chances after half time, not loads, but we did have some good field possession and circle entries. We just handed the ball over too softly and they were too good going forward. We left ourselves a bit exposed.”

After successive defeats to Staines (6-5) and Surbiton (6-2) in which they conceded 12 goals, Brown is hopeful his side can rediscover some resilience at home to fifth placed Bournemouth on Saturday.

With six matches left to play this season they also know they need to finish outside of the bottom two if they wish to avoid relegation – or a relegation play-off.

“We are at home to Bournemouth and they’re another side having quite a good season,” added Brown.

“Earlier in the season, at their place, it was 2-1 to them so we narrowly missed out but this weekend should be a very good game. We were immensely disappointed to not get something from the game so hopefully we will be able to put that right this weekend.”

Maidenhead Ladies 1sts dropped back down to ninth in the table after losing 1-0 to leaders Hampstead & Westminster Ladies 2nds on Saturday. Despite this setback Eddie Westacott's side have been in fine form of late.

They're due to host Surbiton 3rds on February 29.

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