07:05PM, Tuesday 14 September 2021
David Mobbs-Smith admitted there was no shame in Maidenhead RFC’s loss to Wimbledon at the weekend with the head coach in strong belief the side will be challengers for the title this season.
At Barham Road, Maids were defeated 29-7 with Alex French scoring the Berkshire outfit’s solitary try in the 55th minute when the hosts already had 22 points on the board.
After the match, Mobbs-Smith reflected on the strength of his side’s opposition and dug out the positives of Maids’ performance in their second defeat of the London and South East Premier campaign.
“We actually played quite well to be honest,” said the head coach. “Wimbledon are just a very good side and probably favourites to win the league.
“In the previous season they hardly lost a game, but for one reason or another, they didn’t get promoted.
“They just happened to miss out in a very tight season but still finished in their league something like 38 points ahead of the next team.
“So, approaching the match, we knew of their strength and the venue they play at, which is very challenging.
“We missed a couple of kicks in the first half that would have kept us in the game. In comparison, they took their chances.
“They have a very talented squad, and a very attacking style of play, so you are primarily forced to play on the defensive.
“I believe we had a lot of the ball, but we just weren’t able to finish a couple of opportunities to keep us in the hunt of a result.”
Maidenhead have Dorking to play next, a side that is rubbing shoulders with Wimbledon at the top of the table following their victory over Tring at the weekend.
However, provided the weather improves and Braywick Park is buzzing with supporters, Mobbs-Smith believes his side could emerge victorious.
“We’ve had quite a tough start to the season and it’s not getting any easier,” he said. “But we have a good side ready to go this weekend, and I am optimistic.
“The way we are trying to play at the moment, it will be very helpful if the sun is shining and, of course, the fans are down at Braywick Park to cheer us on.”