MAIDENHEAD Crown have secured local bragging rights after a 4-3 win against Maidenhead Nomads in the Division One derby match on Sunday.

The two Maidenhead-based clubs share the same pitch at Desborough Park and both were in desperate need for the three points to start to climb the league table.

The Crown twice went ahead but then had to recover from falling 3-2 behind to take the win thanks to a Charlie Evans brace plus goals from Sean McDowell and Steven Eaton.

Maidenhead Crown manager Sam Moody told the Observer: “We’re both near the bottom of the table so the three points were massive and luckily we got them.

I thought at that point where we were 3-2 down we would get beat and lose to our rivals.

“We made changes and one substitute got a goal and another an assist, so it was the perfect turnaround and the perfect use of substitutes.

“It was an end-to-end game but I think we ended it better because we created the more clear cut chances. We deserved the three points over the 90 minutes and luckily we got them.

“It was a game we deserved to win because we created the more clear cut chances and Maidenhead ran out of steam in the last 15 minutes. It actually could have been a few more.

“It was a huge match for us and the fact it was a local derby added a bit of spice to it “We will take the three points and, with it being over your local rivals, it adds to the spirits. It was a massive win for us.”

Commenting on The Crown’s ambition for the season, Moody said: “We got promoted into the top division last season but sometimes you just can’t cope with the top sides, who have semi-professional players. You just rule those games out when the fixtures are released.

“I was hoping for a top three or four finish at the start of the season but now that we’ve played a few more sides we know what this division is about.

“It will be more of a relegation scrap, that is why the Maidenhead win was so important, to get three points against a side in a similar position to you.

"It's important to pick up results against the teams around you.

"I predict a finish between fifth and eighth and I would be happy with that, and hopefully we can compete in the cups as well."

Maidenhead Crown welcome Microblast to Desborough Park this Sunday (10.30am) and Moody said: "They're a bit of an unknown. They're new to the league and have been put in the top division, so they must have told someone that they've got some decent players.

"They had not done that well but I believe they've brought players in over the last few weeks because results have definitely improved.

"It's another massive game in terms of getting a win on the board."

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