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Maidenhead HC in need of some momentum after two narrow defeats

Chris Brown is confident Maidenhead Men’s 1sts can get some momentum going in the second half of the season despite a couple of narrow defeats for the side in the past two weeks.

Maids were edged out 4-3 by Woking two weeks ago before conceding late in Saturday’s 3-2 home defeat by mid-table Tulse Hill & Dulwich.

Once again there were plenty of positives to be taken from the game, with the team yet to lose by more than one goal in this, their promotion season.

And Brown is hopeful the small margins will start falling in their favour in the coming weeks and months to ensure they avoid a return to the division below.

“These are frustrating results for us,” said the skipper. “We haven’t yet lost a game by more than one goal. But we should be able to start putting out a stronger squad in the second half of the season and hopefully results will start going in our favour.

“Sometimes it’s easier to take when you can hold your hands up and say you were well beaten, and to lose by one goal makes it all the more frustrating and painful. But we feel that we can get some momentum going for us in the second half of the season.”

Brown’s side took the lead through Phil Cowell on Saturday, and levelled matters at 2-2 through Will Strang with five minutes to play. But a defensive lapse was capitalised on by Tulse Hill to hand the visiting side all three points.

“Both teams worked extremely hard and there weren’t a lot of opportunities for either side,” he said. “We got it back to 2-2 through Will Strang and at that stage we were the team in the ascendancy and looked the more likely winners.

“We were trying to push for another one but they capitalised on a mistake and took their chance really well.

“I don’t think either side did enough in the game to say they deserved the win outright.

“It was a game we felt we could take three points from if we played well, but they just shaded it.”

Maids are at home again on Saturday, when they welcome Southgate to Altwood School for the last of their games before the Christmas break.

“Southgate had a good start to the season and were one of the early front runners, but I think they’ve slipped back into higher mid-table,” he said.

“They’re a massive club so we expect them to bring a team of talented, skilful individuals who’ll look to cause a threat. They’ll probably look to establish a foothold in the game so we’ve got to make sure we take the game to them and put them on the back foot.

“We’ll try to be resolute and organised, which is our strength, and hopefully that will create a platform for us to go on and win the game.”

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Maidenhead Women's 1sts fine recent form continued as they defeated Teddington Ladies 1sts 4-2 away from home. Eddie Westacott, Sarah Downes, Bex Miall and Jess Barnes were on target to help the side up to eighth place.

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