07:00PM, Wednesday 11 March 2020
Having staved off the threat of relegation in recent weeks, Maidenhead Men’s 1sts’ captain Chris Brown wants the side to finish the season strongly and carry that momentum into next season.
Saturday’s 5-1 home win over Woking 1sts moved the side 10 points clear of the drop zone with only a handful of league matches left to play.
Maids also played their rearranged fixture at Oxford OBU 24 hours later, going down 4-2 despite running their hosts pretty close with a team weakened by unavailability and injury.
Realising their first goal of avoiding relegation is something of a relief for Brown but, with a season’s experience under their belts, he expects they’ll be capable of much more in Premier Division 2 West next season.
“It’s good that we’ve now achieved safety,” he said.
“And we’ll have learned so many lessons from this season. Many of the guys had never played at this level before.
“We don’t want to just count off the last few games, but instead want to finish the season as strongly as we can and carry that momentum through to next season so we can push up the table.
“Safety wasn’t guaranteed until the weekend, and achieving that is somewhat of a relief, but we now look forward to our last few games and want to finish off strongly.
Jack Chapman, Phil Cowell, Matthew Heller, Will Strang and David Tyler were all on the scoresheet as Maids eased to victory over relegation threatened Woking on Saturday. While Tyler and Chapman netted in Sunday’s defeat at OBU.
“We played very well against Woking on Saturday,” said Brown.
“They threw the kitchen sink at us but we managed to carve out some decent chances and get the job done.
“We weren’t as strong for the game on Sunday but still played pretty well.
“It wasn’t a bad performance which makes it even more frustrating. We were winning for a period and ran them very close.”
Maids visit Tulse Hill & Dulwich on Saturday, a side that’s been edged out of the promotion picture in the last few weeks.
“They’ll probably be a bit frustrated with their year because they’d have hoped to be in a position to challenge for the league,” added Brown.
“They’re a good side who beat us 3-2 with a late goal earlier in the season. It will be a good test for us but it’s also a good chance to see how far we’ve come this season.”