08:00PM, Wednesday 11 December 2019
Skipper Myke Parrott says Maidenhead RFC must pick up crucial points from their next two games if they’re to remain in the promotion hunt this season.
The team remain in a strong position, despite Saturday’s 24-7 defeat at Brixham, but away form has been elusive over the past few weeks and it’s something the side must correct if they’re to maintain their challenge for a top two finish.
Andy Berry touched down for the visitors in the first half on Saturday, with Will Runciman adding the extras, but a strong Brixham team took the game away from David Mobbs-Smith’s side at the end of the first half and controlled the game in the second.
Home form has proved fruitful for the side this season but Parrott admits that the long journeys from Braywick Park have taken their toll on the side of late.
The last time they won away from home was on October 5, when Maids edged out Launceston 43-42 in a game they might easily have lost.
“Brixham was the toughest game we’ve had no doubt,” said the skipper.
“These are tough places to go, we’re getting off the coach after four hours and we’re playing against good sides in a tight league.
"We’re also going to an environment we’re not used to against a team that are probably at full strength because they haven’t had to travel anywhere.
“It’s tough, it’s really tough.”
Maidenhead host third placed Camborne this Saturday before travelling to Exeter University the following weekend (December 21).
The sides sit either side of Maidenhead in the South West Premier table and Parrott is determined that Maids beat both to maintain their promotion challenge.
“I do believe that the next two games are crucial for us,” he added.
“If we can get two good wins from the next two we then welcome Exmouth first game back (after Christmas).
"They will have to travel a long way up to Maids. I’m hopeful we can come into January potentially only four or five points off the top.
"It’s such a tight league that come March or April, we could be top, we could be second or we could be close to the bottom half.”
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