HIGH Wycombe HC are a team in crisis at the moment.
They are on a downward spiral that has taken them to the foot of the South Hockey League Premier Division table and, perhaps more worryingly, sapped the players of all their confidence.
On Saturday they lost 6-0 at Purley to make it four defeats in a row after a promising start to the season, and Saturday's trip to league leaders Maidstone doesn’t offer obvious signs of redemption.
Captain Gary Goodman said: “It’s going to be tough, but the way I look at it is every game is tough at the moment because everyone is above us.
“We just have to keep plugging away and we’ll get a win sooner rather than later.
“Whether it’s this weekend or next weekend I don’t know, but when we do it will be the platform for us to kick on.”
At the moment though, it must appear to be a long way off.
They lost nearly ten players from last season’s first and second teams as a result of players going to university, and those that have come in haven’t found it easy.
Goodman said: “It’s hard to replace good players. We had a draw and a win against two very good sides at the start of the season but the four games since then haven’t gone well.
“We seem to go out all guns blazing and have spells where we tear teams apart, but as soon as something goes against us heads go down and confidence goes down.
“It’s one step forward and two steps back.”
Meanwhile, there wasn’t much consolation from Wycombe 2s as they went down 5-2 to Ramgarhia despite goals from Ian Harman and Kern Sorzano.
Wycombe 3s did coped slightly better by holding Banbury to a 3-3 draw with Scott Anderson, Steve Ridley and Paul Thomas on target, but the winless streak continued down through the club with the fourth and fifth teams also losing.
Murad Vassib scored the consolation as Wycombe 4s were beaten 2-1 by South Bucks and Wycombe 5s were beaten by OMT by the same score.
The sixth team finally stopped the rot, thrashing Aylesbury 3-0 with goals from Harry Bennett, Stephen Cavanagh and Tim Price before Wycombe 7s matched them against Eastcote, Rich Johnson, Kevin O’Linn and Andy Wotherspoon their scorers on the day.
At junior level, Joe Daly, Matthew Hill and Owen Hunt helped the U16 B team to a 3-0 success over Reading while the U14s were even more prolific against Woking.
They won 4-0 thanks to Phil Lloyd, Josh Morgans, Cameron Ryall and Rourke Sefton-Minns.
The U14 B team lost 6-1 (Ryan Perera) to Southgate.