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Parrott full of praise for Ivybridge RFC after admitting Maidenhead RFC were beaten for heart

Myke Parrott was full of credit for Ivybridge’s performance after they defeated Maids 36-33 in another Braywick Park thriller on Saturday.

The Maids skipper said the visitors spoiled the home side’s ball and knocked them off their rhythm repeatedly during Saturday’s topsy-turvy clash.

Maids scored first, through Chris Campbell from a driving maul, before the visitors touched down three times in quick succession to take the score to 21-5.

Maidenhead came roaring back with three tries of their own, from Joe Parkin, Elio Mandozzi and Andy Berry, during their best and most consistent spell of the match, but an inability to keep hold of the ball in attacking positions in the second half handed Ivybridge the initiative, a gift they gratefully accepted to run out winners in a breathless affair.

“Firstly, full credit to Ivybridge. I said to you two weeks ago that no team would beat us for heart.

“Well, actually, a team has beaten us for heart,” Parrott said after the final whistle.

“That’s exactly what they’ve done today.

“They came with a young side but you could see how much that meant to them at the end.

“They made it very difficult for us – spoilt our ball and put us out of our rhythm.

“They deserve all the plaudits they get for sure.”

The Maids skipper admitted the players ‘lost their heads in parts’ as they attempted to get to grips with Ivybridge’s bold plays and their inability to take their chances. It didn’t click for the side and – in truth – they’ve been far too open in their last three matches.

But, all hope is not lost. They remain just a point behind leaders Barnstaple ahead of Saturday’s trip to Launceston.

“It didn’t click for us today,” said Parrott. “We need to go back to the drawing board and put things right.

“I think the big thing for us is keeping hold of the ball for longer periods. We’ve averaged about 40 per cent possession so far this season which isn’t really enough. We’re not going through six, seven or eight phases enough.

“When we did they got drawn into conceding penalties. But our error count was too high in the second half to allow us to get to those high phase numbers.

“We lost our heads in parts, didn’t stick to the script, made silly errors but credit to Ivybridge, who put us under pressure at the breakdown.

“The good thing about rugby is we’ve got next Saturday to put things right. We’ll be training on Tuesday night and I’ll watch the video back tonight (Saturday).

“I probably won’t sleep much. But then selection tomorrow, we’ll back on the horse, get back to it and put it right.”

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