Clubhouse: The Inside Track

Wimbledon's Ali Brogdon breaks away from the EG defence

Bowdon Hightown, fresh from winning the Hockey 5s title over the outdoor break made a great start to the second half of the season with a 4-2 win over Holcombe, moving them out of the bottom two. Wimbledon strengthened their grip on the fourth playoff place with a good 4-1 away win over Brooklands MU. Hightown goalkeeper Amy Tennant and The Wombles' Alastair Brogdon talk us through it.

Amy Tennant, Bowdon Hightown:

On the win over Holcombe:
"We had nothing to lose and were on a high after the indoor so we went in knowing we had to perform, but knowing we were capable of doing so. We’ve been a bit unlucky in some of the games but this week it all came together and we played very well. Tina Cullen scored two amazing goals, but all four were great goals. It’s nice to see us scoring from all over rather than relying on one or two people."

On the benefits of indoor:
"The indoor has definitely given us confidence. Our skills are sharp, especially defensively and we know having won the competition we have plenty of ability in the side. We were a little surprised at the scoreline this weekend given what a good side Holcombe are but we’ve had a performance like that coming for a while and we’re relived it came out this week."

On their chances of avoiding relegation:
"If we apply ourselves and play at our best we can compete with the top teams. It’s all about training hard and getting in the right frame of mind. We need to continue to take our chances and play without fear, like we don’t have anything to lose. Obviously we have some big games coming up, such as Buckingham and Beeston. They are both must-win matches but we have the belief in ourselves and when you are near the bottom, self belief can go a long way to getting you out of it."

Alastair Brogdon, Wimbledon:

On the win over Brooklands MU:
"It’s the first time Wimbledon have played Brooklands away in the league. I’ve played there a few times with Bowdon so I know what they’re all about and what to expect. A few teams have slipped up there and we wanted to make sure we started well. For us to get early goals was fantastic and a good start to this half of the season.
We knew we wanted to impose ourselves on them. We went 2-0 down last time we played them and it made life very difficult for us so we knew had to take the right mentality in and get a good start with the intensity to get a lead."

On the team's ambitions for the season:
"Our ambition was always to make the playoffs. Last year it would have been a bonus, but this year, we have more experience and have learnt more from last season. We play Canterbury this week and it’ll be a tough game against a side that beat us last season. We’re taking it game by game, but playoffs are definitely an ambition and once we get there, I’d back us to do well."

On strength in depth:
We’ve had a good season but it takes a team to make the playoffs. Our strength in depth in the squad has helped no end. Players like Phil Ball and Johnny Kinder have stepped up. They have been involved in development stuff at Bisham and done really well but there are plenty of players who you could point to who have been excellent. As long as we put good team performances in with the flair we have in the side we can be a threat to most teams."

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