04:30PM, Friday 02 November 2018
Myke Parrott, right.
Myke Parrott was ‘chuffed’ to notch up 100 consecutive games for Maidenhead in Saturday’s 24-14 defeat to Weston-super-Mare, but the skipper was less than chuffed by the side’s first home defeat of the season.
Parrott received a recorded message of congratulations before kick-off from former All Black World Cup winner Sean Fitzpatrick, but the ‘cool’ message was unable to inspire him or his teammates.
Maids lost at Braywick Park for the first time this season, conceding three times in the first half as Weston dominated from the breakdown and overpowered Maids in the pack. The third try on the stroke of half-time deflated the hosts, although they made a spirited fightback after the interval and went over the whitewash twice through Andy Berry and Rorie Hannigan.
“I’m chuffed about the 100 consecutive games because I don’t know of anyone else who’s done that. It’s a slightly strange one to celebrate, but no one at Maidenhead has done it and to go four years without missing a game is something I’m proud of,” he said.
“Weston were strong as a scrummaging unit. We missed Andy Darlington, who is a rock at tighthead and helped us get on top in that area against Weston last season. We also lost Lewis Jones to injury after 15/20 minutes and that enabled them to take over a bit.
“They came with a simple, effective game plan and targeted our number eight, Dave Cole, who’s been in excellent form. He was kept relatively quiet and they dominated from the breakdown and played for penalties. We were better in the second half but they had the wind in their sails by that stage. It was a good day for them and a bad day at the office for us.”
Parrott, although disappointed with the display, was impressed with Weston and believes Maidenhead can learn a few lessons from their approach to the game. They visit Newton Abbot, whose player coach is the former Exeter Chiefs winger Matt Jess.
“Weston did their homework on us,” said Parrott. “We’ve been a bit flippant on that score in the past and taken the view of focusing on ourselves.
“But it’s not a bad idea to know a little bit about your opponents and what their weaknesses are. We’ll probably have learned more from losing that game as we would have done from winning it by a couple of points.
“This league is so competitive. If you have a slight off day you can lose any game.
“Every team is capable of beating each other on any given day. Newton Abbot have a former Premiership player in their ranks and a couple of pacy backs so it will be tough but we’ll be going there with a game plan and looking to take the win.”
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