12:20PM, Wednesday 05 February 2020
Maids skipper Myke Parrott believes it’s unrealistic for Maidenhead to chase down leaders Barnstaple at the top of the South West Premier, despite their rival's surprising 34-29 defeat to Exeter University at the weekend.
After two weeks without a game Maids finally get back to league action when they travel to struggling Newbury Blues on Saturday, but Parrott believes it’s unlikely that Barnstaple will slip up enough times between now and the end of the season for Maids to nip above them in the table.
Despite not playing since their 22-17 win over Launceston on January 18, Maids remain second in the division, three points above Weston-super-Mare – who have a game in hand on them – and 11 behind Barnstaple.
They’ve made an unbeaten start to 2020 thanks to victories over Launceston and Exmouth at home and a competitive draw at Ivybridge, and are starting to show the kind of resilience they’ll need to improve on last season’s third placed finish.
“They were losing 29-15 with 10 minutes to go which would’ve been a really good result for us because they would’ve returned pointless,” said Parrott.
“But fair play to them, they bounced back, scored a couple, and they left with two bonus points.
“It’s good that they didn’t win and that they lost but it’s going to be a big ask for anyone to catch them now. They are nearly home and dry with a win at Weston (super-Mare).
“I think if they lost that, it would be a bit more realistic but we need them to probably slip up twice now and us win everything. It’s going to be real tough.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve given up on the title. You never know what’s going to happen really because they’ve got some tough games coming up aswell. They (Barnstaple) still need to go to Okehampton and they still need to go to Ivybridge who are rivals of theirs.
“So you never know but if I were a betting man, I’d bet on Barnstaple. We just want to finish as high as we can. We’ve got Weston just three points behind us and we just need to keep winning now to put the pressure on both.”
Maidenhead will look to continue their unbeaten run when they return to league action this Saturday against Newbury Blues.
Kick off is at 2.30pm. Maids edged out the Blues 27-24 at Braywick Park back in October.
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