Mayer gives glimpse of what might have been
German sweeper Max Mayer played almost the entire match for Hampstead & Westminster for the first time this season, offering a frustrating glimpse of what might have been. Hampstead visited Surbiton in the final match
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German sweeper Max Mayer played almost the entire match for Hampstead & Westminster for the first time this season, offering a frustrating glimpse of what might have been.
Hampstead visited Surbiton in the final match of the English League premier division with both sides already safe.
Despite Mayer (pictured) not scoring, his presence as a first- half substitute after months out with a broken leg made for an exciting finale.
However, the visitors fell 3-0 behind before Andy Cornick rattled home his 15th and 16th goals of the season, either side of another Surbiton strike.
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Naylor then fired home a third and Scott Webster cracked the crossbar as Hampstead pushed for an equaliser.
"Losing Max in pre-season training was dreadful," said coach Todd Williams.
"In rugby terms it's been like losing a player from our pack.
"We've drawn seven games this season and if he was playing we might well have nicked a few more goals because he's our penalty-strike specialist.
"He broke his leg in a freak accident trying to block a shot from Scott Webster in training.
"It was like Scott teed him up with a one wood and smacked him straight on the shin.
"Saturday was the first game he's been able to play for any length since then and it has shown us what we've been missing out on.
"Full credit to the way we've covered his absence.
"Danny Fox has come in from right-half and played so well that he's now been picked for a Great Britain regional training camp.
"It's been a difficult season but we've come seventh in a tough league."
Hampstead & Westminster: Simpkins, Bevan, Fox, Davis, Francis, Smith, Williamson, Rogers, Webster, Cornick. Sub: Mayer.