Mens 1s get back on track
By Maidenhead Hockey Club
Mens 1s 2 - 1 Amersham & Chalfont Mens 1s
Maidenhead HC got themselves back on track in the race for the MBBO Regional 1 title with victory at Amersham & Chalfont on Saturday but, in a three-horse race for the crown, there could be plenty more twists and turns.
Goals from Oliver McArthur and Stephen Roe were enough for Chris Brown's men to claim a 2-1 win, and while it wasn't a vintage away performance, it was enough to keep the side in front of Oxford OBU and PHC Chiswick. It also got them back on track after chastening defeats to Marlow (8-2) and Chiswick (6-3)
OBU are now just four points behind Maids with a game in hand after their 2-1 win at Chiswick on Saturday. All three sides will fancy their title chances, but, with games running out, Maids remain in pole position and will surely wrap up promotion in the coming weeks, whatever happens in the title race.
"From a neutrals point of view it's going to be very exciting," said Brown.
"All three sides (Chiswick, Oxford and Maids) have beaten each other and effectively have it all to play for.
"I know a lot of people thought we'd wrapped things up when we went nine points clear, but history told us it would go to the wire and that there would be more twists and turns."
Having raced into a 2-0 goal lead Maids failed to take several opportunities to kill off their hosts before letting them back into the contest.
"It was frustrating that we weren’t able to kill off the game," added Brown.
"We went 2-0 up but they managed to get a goal back. It would have been nice to kill the game off because it would only take a moment for them to get back in the game.
"We cut them open at times, but it was frustrating that our high quality, free-flowing moves weren’t finished off. It was much more like what we’re capable of, and the boys were very pleased with it. To get the win and the three points puts us back on track."
Next up for Maids is Saturday’s home clash with fourth-placed Oxford Hawks 2nds. Hawks will be flying high after their 5-2 win over Reading this weekend.
"Oxford Hawks are a good club, they’ve got a strong set up," said Brown. "They’ve developed as a club and have had a good influx of players. It’s going to be a tough challenge. But I've been told that if we win on Saturday we'll have secured promotion. That's very nice to hear but it's not our focus. We want to win every game and we want to win the league."