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09:00 Thursday 21 January 2016  Written by Graeme Copas

Kempton: Coming weeks will determine success of Maidenhead HC's season

Rob Kempton

The season for Maidenhead Hockey Club men’s 1sts will probably be determined by their results over the next three weeks, according to captain Rob Kempton.

Having spanked bottom-placed Staines 2nds 12-0 on Saturday, third-placed Maids will face three of the top five teams in as many weeks as the business end of the campaign comes early.

Maids are away to fifth-placed Oxford on Saturday after which they are at second-placed Eastcote and then at home to leaders Ashford.

Only one team in MBB&O Regional 1 is promoted automatically with the runners-up going into the play-offs.

Kempton is confident his side can do well, especially after their thrashing of Staines and two encouraging friendlies against higher standard clubs during the holiday period, but doesn’t want to get ahead of himself.

“I don’t want to focus on what points we need from these games,” he said. “It’s important we focus on one match at a time starting with Oxford on Saturday.

“We play three of the top five in the next three weeks, and the top two also play each other in that period, so the league could almost be decided in three weeks.”

He added: “Although we had a month off over the holiday period, we played some friendlies against Marlow and Oxford Hawks who both play in the division above, and we were competitive.

“It kept us sharp and helped us believe we can play in the level above.”

Maids will also head into this pivotal phase of the season buoyed by putting 12 past Staines, six of which came from former Pakistan international Aqeel Hussain, who has notched 20 goals in his eight games for the club.

Apart from Hussain’s six, the other goal scorers for Maids were Matt Keylock and Greg Joys – who both scored twice – Stephen Roe and Lee Atkinson.

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