05:44PM, Wednesday 23 October 2019
Maidenhead’s performances in the coming weeks of the season could well ignite or diffuse their promotion hopes, according to head coach David Mobbs-Smith.
The Maids coach said that while the league title can’t be won in the coming months it could easily be lost if his squad fails to stick with the likes of
Weston-super-Mare and Barnstaple at the top of the table.
Maids head into Saturday’s game at ninth-placed Okehampton in third place, five points adrift of leaders Barnstaple, but will play both Weston, at Braywick Park on November 9, and at Barnstaple on November 16 – matches which the coach recognises will come to define his side’s season.
“If you were to offer me two wins from three and we remain in say second place I’d take that now and say let’s move on to December,” said Mobbs-Smith.
“We don’t have to win all of those three matches but we would have to pick up some positive results to keep us in the (title) race.
“These are three really tough games which may well define our season. You can’t win the league at this stage but you can certainly lose it.”
On paper at least, Saturday’s game at Okehampton looks the easiest of the three, but Mobbs-Smith warned that they’ll come unstuck if they head into the game with that kind of mentality.
“Okehampton won’t be easy,” he said. “A few teams have gone there already this season and been beaten.
“Results have been a bit odd in the league this season, and I’d rather have the money (points) in the bank like Weston and Barnstaple. But if we could win on Saturday and then beat Weston at home we’d go above them.
“Barnstaple have been winning matches, but some of their results have been quite close. So it’s up to us and the other teams to pull them back in. We’ll be going down there with a good squad. We do have a couple of injuries and Olly Foxley won’t be there because he’s picked up a knock.”
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