Maw’s eyes now revert back to the main prize
THE magic of a cup semifinal will have taken Bowdon Hightown’s mind off the daunting prospect of a relegation play-off – only briefly.
But now it is back to business for the side that have never slipped out of English hockey’s top flight since its inception.
And team manager Jon Maw is aiming for a fresh start during the coming weeks, with his charges tasked with staving off the challenge of local rivals Brooklands Poynton, Buckingham and Wimbledon in the promotion tournament.
“The girls are desperate to retain Premier League status,” he said. “They’re going to be working hard, like a pre-season almost, in the build up to those playoffs.
“I’m confident. I’d still say that the last three or four results towards the end of league haven’t flattered us whatsoever. We have still been competitive in games.
“We’re not an easy team to break down, and when we put things together on our day we can produce some really good attacking opportunities.
“We’re proud of the fact that Bowdon Hightown has been in the Premier League since its inception and we’ll do everything we can to maintain that status.
“We’ll do our research and we’ll have a different approach for some of those teams that we feel will bring us success.
“We’re always built around a strong defence and the team being resilient and working hard for each other.”
Youngsters Lily Wolstenholme and Lauren Hunt, just 17 and 18 respectively, have been shining lights for Hightown in recent weeks despite the side’s dismal run of six defeats.
And Maw hopes that the play-off pressure cooker can inspire them to even greater heights in Bowdon’s bid for survival.
He added: “They’ve both taken their opportunities and ran with them.
“They really are pushing forward as players, and will be a big asset to us going into those playoff games because they’re both in great form at the moment.”
Emma McCabe in action for Bowdon