Brown wants Maidenhead HC to ram home advantage after opening up six point lead
By Maidenhead Hockey Club
Mens 1s 3 - 0 Wallingford
Chris Brown says Maidenhead HC mustn’t take their foot off the pedal after opening up a six point gap at the top of the MBBO Regional 1 table with Saturday’s 3-0 win at Wallingford.
A slightly re-jigged Maidenhead side put in a professional display to beat bottom-of-the-table Wallingford 3-0 on Saturday, with goals from Phil Cowell and David Tyler (two).
The icing on the cake came a few hours later when Brown and the players learnt that title rivals PHC Chiswick and Oxford OBU had both slipped to defeat.
But Brown is keen for the players not to get ahead of themselves.
He stressed that nothing is decided in late January and warned there’s plenty of time for the tide to turn against them if they take their eye off the ball.
“Wallingford is never an easy place to go and I’m really proud of the way the boys played to get the result,” he said.
“They’re a side that usually improves as the season goes on. We went there with a slightly unsettled side and looked a little disjointed at first.
“There was an anniversary at the club on Saturday and our game was the showpiece. So certain factors could have gone against us but we were professional and managed to come away with a win.
“We managed to get the three points but the icing on the cake came later when the other results came through.”
History tells us MBBO regional 1 title challenges usually go down to the wire and Maids have plenty of tough games in front of them, starting at home to Witney on Saturday.
“We can’t take our foot off the pedal because we haven’t done anything yet,” said Brown. “History tells you that the tide can change against you very quickly. We’ve got a very tough game against Witney on Saturday and can’t take our eye off the ball or our rivals will close the gap.
“You don’t get the results Witney have had this season without having quality players and being organised and effective.
“There are no easy games in this league and others will hurt you if you’re not at your best. I think that might have been the case with Oxford OBU and Chiswick last weekend.
“A gap has now formed but we just have to keep playing well and not focus on what other sides are doing.”