Maynard makes most of scoring chance

Tigers Head Coach Tom Watkins has hailed the performance of defenceman Marcus Maynard in Saturday night’s 4-2 win over Bracknell Bees in the Red Hockey Cup.

Maynard was handed a role in Telford’s forward line for the game at Slough Ice Rink, after a string of absences from the EPL champions’ squad.

And Watkins was rewarded with a second period goal from the 28-year-old, as he helped to secure a winning start to the new campaign.

He said: “These games are all about the performance, how you execute your systems and getting into good habits. You need to approach each situation with discipline.

“I thought Marcus played really well for us as a forward. He was great along the boards and made some good hits on the defensive side of the puck.

“He scored a good goal and made a great play on another goal, so it was a strong performance from him.”

Telford got off to an early start with a goal from Blaho Novak after just one minute on Saturday, although the hosts hit back moments later.

The second period saw The Tigers build a two-goal lead with strikes from Peter Szabo and Maynard, before Bracknell made it 3-2 ahead of the final session.

Novak, however, was on target to secure victory after 51 minutes, as Watkins’ side continued their recent dominance over the Berkshire outfit.

“I think because we’ve got a lot of returning players, the guys knew what to expect,” Watkins said.

“It’s all about timing and there were a few things we could do better. They will get better after a week of training, and of course during tomorrow’s game.

“It was a good workout and we identified a few things we can work on. All in all, I was pleased with how the guys played.”

The Tigers return to action tomorrow evening, when they host Bracknell in the Red Hockey Cup at Telford Ice Rink (6pm).

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