01:00PM, Friday 01 December 2017
The South West Premier match at Bracknell on Saturday is a chance for Maidenhead to build on their impressive win over Bournemouth, bag a chest-thumping derby victory and secure a first away success of the campaign on grass.
It’s a much-anticipated match between two old sparring partners.
Maids head coach Russell Bolton is looking forward to the contest between two teams who have not played each other in the league often in the past few years as the Lily Hill Park side have been the more senior, but not now.
“I love a local derby. We have had a good battle with Newbury over the past few years, but not faced Bracknell for a while,” he said.
“It’s just down the road, everyone will be excited by it, but it could be a different type of game because of their surface. It might be OK at the moment as we are not having a lot of rain, but it can turn into a bog. I’m excited by the game, bring it on.”
Bolton knows of at least one change to his line-up from the one which trounced Bournemouth 52-30 last weekend, and suggested there might be one or two more.
He said: “Winger Jaryd Robinson continues to be one week on, one week off because of his school commitments and that’s nothing we haven’t known about. He won’t be around this week.
“The other major news is whether Will Macaulay will be fit. He rolled his ankle the previous week and will train on Thursday to see how it is.
“It’s touch and go for him, but fortunately we have the luxury of options in the back row.”
He added: “We will have to look at our tactics, but I suspect we won’t change the team much. The likely questions will be about does Sam Angell start in the team at centre, and does Sam Churchyard come back into the second row?”
Assessing hosts Bracknell, Bolton was taking nothing for granted.
“Looking at their results they can certainly perform on their day,” he said. “But it’s a derby and like against Newbury I expect Bracknell will perform near the top of their capabilities. For us we need to stay focused on reducing the penalty count and defensively strong.
“They don’t tend to score too many points, so if we can do that we will be well placed.”
The match kicks off at 2.15pm.
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