12:30PM, Thursday 05 March 2020
Slough 1, Maidenhead 6
Maidenhead Men’s 1sts strolled to a comprehensive 6-1 victory over their local rivals Slough at Upton Park on Saturday with Jack Chapman and David Tyler scoring two goals apiece.
Chris Brown’s side had too much pace and power for Slough who were hoping to climb out of the bottom three in the Premier 2 Division 2 West.
And while Slough began the game in the ascendancy through Romnik Nijer’s early goal, Matt Heller crushed all hope as he levelled the game for Maidenhead with an impressive reverse stick shot from the top of the D.
The goal inspired Maids to add two more to their tally in fine style before half-time, the score 3-1.
Brown’s side cranked up the pressure with the wind at their backs in the second half.
Capitalising on Slough’s poor discipline, Maids found the net another three times to end the match with a convincing yet vital victory.
The goals came from Jack Chapman (two), Matthew Heller, Will Strang and David Tyler (two).
Afterwards, captain Brown said he was pleased to see his side gain some breathing space over their rivals with Maids increasing their advantage over Slough to eight points.
“There were some serious points on offer so it was really nice to come out on top,” said Brown.
“Slough are a local rival and I suppose it had the potential to add another extra layer of spice into the mix in what was a bit of a relegation battle as well.
“We knew that they were coming into the game off the back of a good win against Woking last week, a side that are down the bottom of the table with us.
“We knew if we beat them, we’d be able to open up a gap on those teams below us. We’d be able to get that bit of daylight just to ease the pressure.
“We started brightly and tried to control the game but Slough were very good at going route one and they caught us slightly unawares.
“I think we hadn’t got to grips with how they liked to play. We perhaps should’ve been a bit sharper but we felt there were a couple of fouls in the build up to their goal.
“But they got the rub of the green and took their chance very early on.
“It would’ve been easy for Slough to build a bit of pressure but we responded really quickly. Matt Heller came up with an excellent finish to restore parity.
“From then onwards, we had control, we were in the ascendancy and thankfully able to control the game really well.”
Maidenhead now turn their attention to a busy weekend. They play Woking on Saturday at home before travelling to Oxford OBU on Sunday.
“Back-to-back games are always tough,” added Brown. “We’re going to train hard this week and do as best as we can.
” Our main priority this weekend is going to be Woking because they’re also down the bottom with us. It’s another one of those six pointers.
“Once the Woking game is finished we could start to think about the OBU game.
“We’re always competitive against OBU. They just beat us 3-2 before Christmas and in the early parts of the season.
“We came up with them last year so we’re two sides that know each other pretty well. It’s always pretty competitive and a hard fought game.
“I think we will probably play the same way we did against Slough,” added Brown.
“It’s been working really well for us and we’ve had some good success with the tactics we’ve used.
“Even before we got the wins against Bournemouth and Slough, we played very well against Staines and Surbiton who are two sides that are at the top of the league.
“Hopefully we can trust that it will be successful for us this weekend.”
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