Maidenhead hope to spring a surprise on leaders Hertford

Maids were beaten 48-29 by Hertford when the sides met at Braywick Park back in October, but they’re one of a few sides who’ve managed to rack up that many points against the new league leaders.

Head coach David Mobbs-Smith also hopes he’ll be able to name a very similar side to the one which won so handsomely at Tunbridge Wells on Saturday, so he's feeling optimistic heading into the clash.

Hertford are the league’s in-form side, having won their last 11 matches in a row and climbed top of the table following Saturday’s 45-5 win at Tring.

“They’re timing their run really well,” said Mobbs-Smith. “Wimbledon faltered and they went past them, Dorking faltered, and they went past them, and they’ve got some great players in the team. They’ve got a great kick return, so we’ll have to get some parts of our game right, but if we do, we’ll be in the match and have a chance of winning it. We don’t expect too many changes to the side, as long as we don’t experience any issues,” he added.

“That wasn’t the story in the first half of the season when we were going out with somewhere between seven and eight changes. This week that might be one or two changes, which gives you a much better base to play from.

“We’ve got some tough games coming up against some of the best sides in the league and it will show how much we’ve progressed.

“Although we had a very good game against Hertford at our place. We managed to put 29 points on them even though we lost, so we’re quite positive going into this game. It’s one of the better scoring games we’ve had even though we lost the match. We’re feeling optimistic and hopefully that will show in the matches going forward.”

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