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Brown satisfied after Maidenhead HC pick up a point against unbeaten leaders Oxford

A tough 3-3 draw with unbeaten leaders Oxford on Saturday underscored Maidenhead’s promotion credentials in MBBO Regional 1.

The men’s 1st team led 3-2 going into the final stages of the match after goals from Aqeel Hussain, Matthew Keylock and David Tyler. However Oxford hit back with an equaliser to take a share of the points, only the second time they haven’t won this season.

Maids captain Chris Brown was satisfied with his team’s combativeness and clinical finishing against strong opposition.

“It was a really keenly fought battle, especially in midfield,” he said.

“I’m pleased with the way we came back against a team top of the table and who had only dropped their first points the week before.

“They still haven’t lost.

“So far this season they have been the team others have judged themselves by.”

He added: “On the day neither side were probably at their best, but we worked hard especially as they had a lot of possession.

“We were clinical when we had to be, which was great.

“I suppose we will look at it as a point gained, but with the amount of possession they had, they might consider it two points dropped.

“We were probably slightly the happier at the end to get a point when not at our best.”

Maids, who are fourth in the table, are away to OMT on Saturday, a side Brown says have been in transition.

He said: “OMT have lost some key players to the spine of their team, but always have good, well-coached young players coming up from the school there.

“They have been inconsistent and I think are a mid-table side.

“We have a few injuries, but also players back so we are OK.

“Our strength in depth is good, highlighted by the fact that our 2nds are top of their division.”

On Sunday, Maids host Aylesbury in a cup match at Altwood School, starting at 2.45pm, but before that, starting at 1pm, the club’s women’s 2nds take on Jersey.

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Maidenhead men’s 2nds overcame South Berk- shire 2nds 4-1 to maintain their three-point lead over Thame at the top of MBBO Division 1.

Maids’ goals came from Marcus Folely (2), Josh Harris and Jake Maury.

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The Merlins had both youth and experience on their side as they scored four second half goals without reply to see off a youthful Thames Valley 3rds 5-1.

Against younger, fresher legs the Merlins knew they’d be in for a lot of running, but they showed they still had plenty left in the tank as Mahdi Hosany (2), Finley Bainbridge, Hans Koppleman and Duncan Sturdy completed a comfortable win.

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Struggling Maidenhead women’s 1sts lost 5-0 at home to Tulse Hill on Saturday, their fifth loss in six starts in a tough campaign in South Clubs League Division 1.

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Marlow men’s 1sts won by the odd goal in seven at OMT on Saturday, a result which moves them up to sixth in MBBO Regional 1.

The Reds’ goals in this tight match came from Ben Pruden (2), Lewis Goodman and Jerry Smith.

Marlow are next in action on Saturday at home to Eastcote.

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