Marsden prepares his troops for biggest game in the club's history

Too close to call: Wimbledon player coach Ben Marsden is not looking beyond this weekend's crunch clash with Cambridge   SP74105

Too close to call: Wimbledon player coach Ben Marsden is not looking beyond this weekend's crunch clash with Cambridge SP74105

First published in Sport Your Local Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

Wimbledon Men are must win their final match of the MHL Premier Division season if they are to make the European/Championship play-offs.

Ben Marsden’s men were top going into last weekend’s penultimate round of games.

However, despite a 7-2 win at Bromley & Beckenham, they dropped to second on goal difference after rivals Holcombe beat Richmond 8-2.

With one match remaining, Holcombe and Wimbledon are split only by the fact Holcombe have scored two more goals.

Marsden, who welcomes Cambridge to King’s College on Sunday (push back 2pm), said: “This league is so tight, it has been unbelievable.

“Holcombe are ahead of us on goals scored. We have the same points and same goal difference. But if goals scored ends up level too, it comes down to aggregate score and we’d win that.”

He added: “We have a game plan that allows us to attack in numbers while not leaving ourselves open at the back. It served us well against Bromley & Beckenham.

“It is all about a balance and although we need goals, the first priority is winning. If we don’t win, then it is all over anyway.”

A Ben Hawes hat-trick, and goals from Rob Pryce, Chris Gregg, Johnny Kinder and Steven Richardson were too much for BromBeck, and have Wimbledon high on confidence ahead of this weekend.

However, Marsden is wary of looking beyond the Cambridge game.

He said: “Your mind keeps wandering to what might be, but then it comes back to the things that you know you can control.

“Cambridge are going to be fighting to avoid relegation and they are a good side, they beat us at their place in November, so we know it’s going to be tough.”

He added: “I am trying not to look beyond this weekend – if we don’t make the play-offs, we will still have achieved more we ever have done before.
“But I am just thinking about the game on Sunday, nothing else.”

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