10:15AM, Thursday 22 October 2020
Having maintained an unbeaten start to this year’s campaign, Maidenhead Hockey Club men’s 1sts fell to their first loss of the season after they were defeated by Bournemouth at East Parley.
On Saturday, Maids were narrowly beaten 2-1 by their hosts with Dave Harding scoring the solitary goal for the Berkshire-based side as they dropped back to second in MBBO Division 2 West.
Maidenhead might not have travelled home empty-handed had they been at full strength, according to coach Rohit Kapoor who watched the game unfold at the weekend. They had only 13 players available from a possible 16 with skipper Phil Cowell missing the clash.
“We were disappointed with the loss and it’s always hard when you’ve got to travel two hours there and two hours back,” said Kapoor. “I think we had a good first half but we didn’t capitalise on our chances and could have attacked better.
“I thought in the second half, Bournemouth defended well and we maybe ran out of ideas a little bit in terms of how to break down their defence.
“It’s worth highlighting that we were also missing a handful of players due to injuries and other commitments. So, not having as big of a squad as we usually do definitely impacted us.
“But we didn’t stay downbeat for long because the workrate from the team was phenomenal, we will just need to work on a few things in training.
“We are due to play the women this week in a friendly so hopefully we can work on a few things in that match.
“We should have a full squad of 16 to play this weekend when we play at home. We’re definitely confident we can pick up a win.”
Maids host Tulse Hill & Dulwich at Altwood School this Saturday.