01:12PM, Tuesday 15 October 2019
Maidenhead captain Chris Brown trudged off the field with mixed feelings after his side picked up their first point of the season against high-flying Henley on Saturday.
On the one hand he was pleased to see the side register its first point of the season after opening the campaign with two successive defeats.
But, having held a 3-2 lead heading into the final minutes through goals from Phil Cowell, Matthew Keylock and David Tyler, he really felt they should have shown more nous to see the game out.
The result lifts the side to 10th in the table after three matches and Brown is confident the team will take further strides forward in the coming weeks.
"We left the pitch feeling more disappointed than Henley," he said.
"There were points in that match when they were really clinging on and they'll have been delighted to have got the draw.
"So we were pleased with the performance but it feels like two points dropped. It's mixed emotions for us because we're pleased to have played so well against a team who were a level above us last season and had started with two wins. But we felt we should have held on for what would have been a valid three points."
Brown accepts Maids could have been more ruthless in certain aspects of their play, and hopes lessons will be learned for this Saturday's visit of PHC Chiswick, promoted to this division alongside Maidenhead last season.
"It's up to us to find a way to be more ruthless. I don't think we've ever questioned if we were capable of competing at this level, but we're having to make a few adjustments and learn a few lessons.
"There was a period in Saturday's game when we had a numerical advantage. We scored once in that period but we could have killed the game even further. Then, when there wasn't long left in the game and we came under some pressure, we've got to find a way of managing that better and running down the clock. Teams at this level never give up, even when they're trailing."
Brown added: "PHC came up with us last season so we know them fairly well. They beat us last season but in general we've had a good record against them. We feel we've improved every week and we're positive we can improve even more. We'll work hard this week to try and iron out the wrinkles in our game and, if we can do that, I'm confident we can turn one point into three."
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