09:23AM, Thursday 27 January 2022
Saturday was a rare and memorable day for Maidenhead RFC senior men’s squad with the first, second and third teams all claiming bonus point victories.
Maids 1sts leapt up to 10th in the London & South East Premier Division, and will feel they can climb higher after Saturday’s stunning 45-14 win away at Tunbridge Wells.
Once again, the back line really turned the screw on their hosts, with the likes of Christoph Bart and captain Ben Mitchell in exceptional form. They led 45-9 going into the closing stages and only a late lapse in concentration prevented them from recording an even heftier victory.
But, after a shaky display in the 29-27 win over Tring, the forward pack also stepped up to the mark, driving the team forward from the outset and providing the foundation for the club’s biggest win of the campaign.
The 2nds picked up an extremely impressive 45-5 win over Bury St Edmunds while the 3rds defeated Tadley 2nds 34-12.
Reflecting on a special day for the club, director of rugby Myke Parrott said: “It’s been a long time since that’s happened, especially with bonus point wins, in fact I can’t remember the last time.
“But, with COVID, that’s also the first time the firsts have won away from home in two years, so, it’s another significant achievement.
“It was a great day all round and what makes it more pleasing is that, when you look at the side we put out on Saturday, the majority of those lads are Maidenhead lads, who’ve come through our youth system which is awesome.
“There’s some great harmony at the club now. There will be some bumps in the road, and it’s been a tough season for a variety of reasons, but it feels like we’re moving forward and there’s a buzz about the place at the moment.
“It was a really good day and it’s important that we try to keep that going.
“We should have won by more (at Tunbridge) as well. We had a 15-minute spell after half-time where we were irresistible, they couldn’t live with us.
“Tactically, the boys had really taken a lot of the advice on board. We’d done a lot of analysis on Tunbridge and shared a lot of videos and discussed how we wanted to attack and play at a high tempo, and when we played like that, we moved the ball so well.
“They just couldn’t keep up with us. We were too quick, too strong, too accurate. We could have had a couple more tries for sure and, if there’s one criticism, that’s it, we let them off the hook a little bit.”
Maids celebrated the day with a Harry Potter themed social at the club on Saturday.
“That’s what it’s all about,” said Parrott. “That’s how it’s been at Maids for as long as I can remember. Playing with your mates on a Saturday and then having some beers together afterwards. It doesn’t matter whether you’re 1s, 2s, 3s, ladies, we’re all kind of one club.
“It was brilliant to see that and the three wins made that even better.
“I was particularly pleased for the second team, they’ve had a tough time this year, due to injuries in the first team meaning we’ve had to pull a lot of the lads through from the 3s, but it was a thumping win and hopefully they can pick up a few more and get some confidence.”
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