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09.03.14 MRFC v Abbeyensians League WIN!!!!
Maidenhead started very strongly with Ben Harris making a great run from almost half way to score under the posts, followed a few minutes later by Josh Odeniyi going round everyone down the wing and jogging in for another try. Lewis Hughes converted both.
Any thoughts that this would be an easy match were soon dispelled when Abbeyensians started to put some passes together. At least they were pushed out to the wing where they scored but a difficult conversion was missed.
On the restart it was Maidenhead's turn to string together some good runs and passes which set up Daneal Collins to score and Lewis converted. Abbeyensians replied immediately but again could nt convert.
In the last minute of the first half Ollie Hills made a good run and passed out to Josh but he was held up on the line this time by some solid tackling.
Half time. Maidenhead 21 Abbeyensians 10
A few changes at half time and Abbeyensians looked bigger and more threatening and quickly scored a try and converted so they were right back in it at 21 points to 17. Fortunately Maidenhead responded with Josh showing blistering acceleration through a gap to break clear and score under the posts which Lewis converted.
Perhaps Maidenhead still thought this was going to be easy and they showed some poor discipline, gave away penalties, lost ground after talking back to the referee, and paid the price as Abbeyensians ran in two tries in fairly quick succession and suddenly we are losing 28 : 29.
A stern talking to by the coach was required for Maidenhead to change their attitude. Abbeyensians looked strong but fumbled the ball which Peter Coull picked up cleanly on the run to set up a counter attack and the pressure resulted in a penalty to Maidenhead this time. The ball was passed to Ben Harris who took Simon's shouts of "run straight" to heart and blazed a trail through the Abbeyensian's defence for another try which Lewis converted.
The lead lasted less than 60 seconds as Abbeyensians collected the ball from the restart and ran straight under the posts as well making an easy conversion.
Maidenhead 35 Abbeyensians 36
This could go either way. Maidenhead made ground and good passing fed the ball out to Dell Anthony on the wing who almost broke free but was held by an excellent tackle. The ball was recycled and came to Ben who broke free again for a try and another conversion.
Although there were only 30 seconds left you would nt have put it past Abbeyensians to score after the restart, but a loose ball was kicked into touch and the referee blew for full time.
Maidenhead 42 Abbeyensians 36
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An excellent result - a win and a bonus point - from an entertaining but hard fought game. The team started with real purpose from the kick-off; the first attack going down the blind side saw Chris Allen carry the ball well into the Abbey half. This set the tone for the first part of the game, with the Maidenhead team putting the opposition under pressure through a number of varied movements of the ball by the whole team. The first try came from Oliver Hills when he forced his way over the line following another excellent passing move down the left side. Maidenhead kept the pressure on the Abbey side and a second try followed when Philip Wells drove over the line and reached out to touch the ball down next to the posts. The game had to this stage all been Maidenhead but against the run of play the boys let the speedy left wing of Abbey get them onto the scoreboard. Two intercept tries - firstly for Maidenhead by Daniel Collins and then from Abbey came just before the end of the half. Maidenhead had dominated the first half but had let the Abbey team back into the match by giving away the momentum through a number of penalties and unforced errors.
Half time 12 vs 19.
The first 20 minutes of the second half was a tense affair with too much possession being given way. There was still plenty of running rugby with both backs and forward handling and making some decent carries. A penalty in the Abbey 22 gave the forwards an opportunity tap and run ending with a determined drive by Alec McEwan who took the ball to the try line; underneath a mass of bodies Joe Thompson grounded the ball. The try eased the pressure and the Maidenhead team played some good rugby to close the game out; Kieran Grey reading the Abbey defence saw and took his chance to intercept the ball and produce a fifth try.
Overall this was an excellent team performance; again another week where we could mention each of the boys as they all played their part in producing some great rugby which was well worth watching from the side lines.
Full time:- Reading Abbey 12 : Maidenhead 29
Tries: Ollie Hills, Philip Wells, Daniel Collins, Joe Thompson, Kieran Grey
Conversions: Anthony Brayshaw 2
And a quick reminder: we need to get the numbers up for the quiz night on the 21st March so please can you tell us if you can make the evening and invite others along so we can make up the numbers and raise some funds for the year group.
Sorry these are sooooo late but wanted to put them on for all to see!!!! Great game but SOOOOOOO muddy!!!!
Good evening everyone
It would appear it's been raining quite a bit ;-)
The pitches at Maidenhead are too wet to use and to do so would damage them, therefore It has been decided to call off match play on Sunday.
This means we all have the day off!
We will be training as usual next Wednesday - see you all then.
Maidenhead v Bracknell - Div 1 - Sunday 2 Feb 2014
Maidenhead 7 Bracknell 8 - Division 1 - Sunday 2nd Feb 14
A very brief report on the match yesterday morning. It was very close and exciting with solid tackling from both sides to virtually cancel each other out. Maidenhead went ahead after a few minutes with a well weighted bouncing kick from Elliot Frisby which Bracknell fumbled allowing a speeding Danael Collins to pounce on as it went over the try line. Anthony Bradshaw converted.
Bracknell looked to be clear down the wing a few minutes later but James Ford covered a lot of ground to push the Bracknell player into touch. However they won the lineout and scored a try from the subsequent attack, but missed the conversion. Bracknell kept up the pressure towards the end of the first half and won a penalty which they successfully kicked, making it Maidenhead 7 Bracknell 8 at half time.
There were some opportunities for both teams in the second half but no points. Maidenhead looked to have scored but the referee called it back for a knock on. Bracknell also has chances which required some crunching tackles, particularly from Scott Carey, to stop the scoring. Unfortunately time ticked away and Bracknell won by one point.
Maidenhead v Bracknell - Division 2 - 26-01-14
A very wet and muddy morning saw the development squad hang on for a win against Bracknell in the closest possible way.
Maidenhead started strongly and after five minutes a good lineout move resulted in the ball being passed down the line to reach Josh Odeniyi on the wing who did his trademark burst of speed to score. Lewis Hughes was successful with what would turn out to be a very important conversion. Within a few minutes Bracknell made a high defensive kick but the very slippery ball was brilliantly caught by Oliver Hills who ran in for the second try.
Bracknell now seemed to wake up and steadily worked their way up the pitch and scored a try on the wing just before half time. Bracknell 5 Maidenhead 12
In the second half it was even for a while before Maidenhead put together some good moves and Scott Carey scored.
Bracknell raised their game again and some of their bigger boys started to dominate the play and they scored their second try. They were looking very confident now and passed the ball around well. With two minutes to go they ran in another try to make it Bracknell 15 Maidenhead 17. Their kicker stepped up for a tricky conversion, struck the ball sweetly and watched it head for the middle of the posts. At the last moment it lost height, hit the cross bar and bounced back. There was a huge sigh of relief from everyone on the Maidenhead side.
Two minutes to go and Bracknell looked like they were up for scoring again but Maidenhead kicked off, were very disciplined to turn the ball over at a ruck, and wound down time with a couple of scrums before kicking into touch for full time.
Overall a very exciting match with two well matched teams in really difficult conditions.
A special mention to the first team players who came for the training and supported the team. And also a big thanks to Simon who collected all the kit to take to the laundrette. They will be rinsing out the washing machines for days judging by the attached photo.
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