Mens 1s extend lead over rivals with emphatic win
By Maidenhead Hockey Club
The Mens 1s took on locals Sonning 1sts on Saturday
An emphatic 8-0 win over Sonning 1sts on Saturday saw Maidenhead Men’s 1sts extend their lead over their rivals at the top of the table.
Maids look increasingly likely to lift the MBBO Regional 1 crown this season after rivals Oxford OBU dropped points at home to Ashford 1sts.
For captain Chris Brown that news will have been the icing on the cake after a very impressive display saw Sonning well and truly put to the sword.
He said: “It was a positive result. We were pleased to win in such a convincing manner, especially since we dropped points to them before”.
The manner of the win was as good as it gets with Richard Mulvany and Callum Turner both grabbing two goals apiece.
Phil Cowell, Matthew Keylock, Stephen Roe and top scorer David Tyler were also on the scoresheet as Maidenhead ran riot against their struggling visitors.
Tyler’s strike took his tally to 19 for the season.
Maids now have a nine point lead over second placed PHC Chiswick, who they also have a game in hand over.
Chiswick jumped into second place after their 2-0 win over Eastcote.
Oxford OBU are down to third after suffering a surprise 3-2 home defeat to Ashford.
But Brown doesn’t believe Maidenhead will have it easy for the rest of the season. “It’s gone down to the wire the last few seasons,” he said.
“There are still lots of games left to be played, so we aren’t taking anything for granted.”
The win is the side’s 15th of the season, but even more impressively they have yet to lose a league game and boast the best defence in the league, conceding only 23 times in 18 matches.
That’s something that Brown is happy with, but he won’t let the players rest on their laurels. “We take great pride in trying to improve,” said Brown. “We didn’t have the greatest start on Saturday, but we are just looking to play better each week.”