First game and win of 2019 - start as you mean to go on

Thatcham & Tadley 0 v Maidenhead U16 52

Sunday 6th January 2019


2018/19 U16s season 


The first match of the new year, 2019, a friendly away at Tadley against a combined team from Tadley & Thatcham, 1:30 afternoon kick off which caused a problem for us with player availability, due to studying for GCSE's, County and family commitments. 

Both teams started strongly but Maids took the edge with some good set plays from line outs and scrums, resulting in Maids pushing into Tadley's 22 and eventually scoring the first converted try from a pick up and drive by Freddie F and Jamie. From the restart Maids played some good running rugby, breaking the line and kicking the ball through putting the Tadley full back under pressure who then carried the ball over their try line. From the 5mt scrum Maids scored their second try, Jimmy, but missed the conversion. From the restart Maid's again took the game to Tadley and with a strong run from Alfie and Toby put Maids back into Tadley's 22, but then gave a penalty away. Tadley lost the ball from their line out and after several plays Maids carried over the try line under the post for the third converted try, Jimmy and Jamie. From the restart Tadley win a line out and drive into Maids half but Maids manage to steal the ball and run it deep into Tadleys 22 but unfortunately knock the ball on for a Tadley scrum. Tadley pick and run but drop the ball in the tackle which Maids jump on and score the fourth try, Corey, but miss the conversion. Maids gather the restart and run through he midfield but spill the ball in the tackle. Tadley try to counter from the scrum but Maids manage to turn the ball over and with some great phase play, kick the ball into space but are unable to gather and Tadley clear their lines. After several plays by both teams, Maids are awarded a line out within Tadley's 22. A well worked line out move, front ball to the eight coming around, drove towards the Tadley line, recycled and shipped quickly wide from the breakdown, Maids carried the ball over in the far corner for the fifth try, Beni and finished the first half with the conversion by Jamie. 

Score at the end of the first half. 

Tadley & Thatcham 0 Maidenhead 31 


Maidenhead get the second half started with a deep kick off to try and keep Tadley in their half, but Tadley catch and line break deep into our own 22. Maids now have to absorb loads of pressure from Tadley and defend attack after attack. After a while Maids manage to get on a loose ball from a Tadley scrum make some ground, but knock the ball on. From the Tadley scrum steal ball and kick deep which Tadley send back to us but we drop the catch and then kick the ball away. Penalty to Tadley who kick for the line out. Tadley throw long and play ball down the attacking line towards are try line, the ball is then kicked through into space, but to deep and Cameron manages touch it down for a 22mt drop out. From the kick, Tadley continue to attach but against the run of play Maids pick up a loose ball and run almost the whole length of the pitch but are carried into touch for a Tadley line out on their 5mt line. After several plays from both teams Maids manage to get the ball and run through the heart of Tadley's defence to score the first converted try of the second half, Jimmy and Jamie. From the restart Maids attach into Tadley's half but give a penalty away. Tadley line out Maids catch and drive and after several plays knock on. Tadley move the ball wide from the scrum but Maids defensive pressure tells and Tadley lose the ball. Maids pick and drive from the scrum and manage to finish with a converted try from Jimmy and Jamie. Tadley's restart went straight out and from the Maids scrum on the half way line, Maids make a break into Tadley's 22, but knock on. Scrum Tadley but the pressure from Maids takes it toll and Maids gather the ball and score another converted try, Freddie F and Jamie. The restart is kicked deep and is then cleared into touch by Maids as that was the last play of the game. 

Score at the end of the second half. 

Tadley & Thatcham 0 Maidenhead 21 


Final score Tadley & Thatcham 0 - Maidenhead 52 



Zac Hudson Clarke, Toby Muirhead, Morgan Peck, Jon Tindal, Freddie Forward, Oliver Jones Corey Burridge, Oscar Ridley, Elliot Monk, Alfie Mifsud, Harry Appleton, Jamie Spires, Jimmy March, Beni Holland, Cameron Macrae, Jeremy De Silva. 


Players injured before this match 

Will Craythorne - Collar Bone, 


Players unavailable for this match 

Callum Watts - Studying 

Freddie D-Tipton -Studying 

James Lyne -Family commitments 

Andrey Todorov - Studying 

Blake Powell - Family commitments 

Joshua Gawman - Studying  

Millan Mistry - Studying 

Zac Kennedy - Alternative commitment 

Will Houghton -County commitments 

Fergal Evans - -Studying