Maids lose to a big well drilled Bicester team,
Maidenhead U16 5 v Bicester 7
Sunday 9th December 2018
2018/19 U16 season
A friendly game at home against a big team clearly well drilled, on a sunny but cold morning. Bicester are in the same division as us, playing in the blue league while we play in the red league.
Both teams started strongly, nothing between them, unfortunately Bicester started to take the upper hand and started pushing in Maidenheads 22, taking the ball at speed and crashing through are line but we defended well for about 20 minutes. We struggled to break out of are 22, due to the continued pressure from Bicester players causing us to fumble our ball from set plays. From one of these plays, a scrum on the 5mtr line their big No8, 6ft 5 power house of a boy, picked up and drove over the line for the first converted try. On the re-start Maidenhead started pushing back at Bicester but stilled struggled to get out of our half and put pressure on them. When we did manage to break out and push into their 22 we ended up snatching at the ball from the pass and spilling it. Finally, the whistle was blown for half time.
Score at the end of the first half.
Maidenhead 0 Bicester 7
The second half started with Bicester still pushing hard, but with a great clearance kick from inside our 22 we started to push hard into Bicesters half. The lads started to play some good supportive rugby having taken on some instructions at half time, which were to relax and stop panicking with the ball. The support and positional play were getting better, although we were still spilling good attacking ball. When we did get ball to hand, we had several attempts at attacking Bicester try line, but were coming up slightly short and were either driven into touch or lost the ball in contact. We continued to push forward and eventually with a three man overlap we looked like scoring down the wing but Bicesters defensive held. From the following play, Charlie managed to pick up and drive over the line. Conversion missed. From the re-start Maids now started to dominate the half and pushed straight back into Bicester half, building attack after attack but somehow Bicesters defensive held until the final whistle was blown. Both teams had played a great game of rugby and all look dirty and tied. Maidenhead might look back later and think we might should have won this, but we played loads of good rugby, with players playing out of position, with great discipline and loads of positive attitude. Well played.
Score at the end of the second half
Maidenhead 5 Bicester 0
Final score . Maidenhead 5 Bicester 7
Freddie DT, Fergal Evans, Toby Muirhead, Jon Tindal, Freddie Forward, Blake Powell, Oliver Jones, Callum Watts (VIce Capt ), Elliot Monk, Will Houghton (Capt), Harry Appleton, Zac Kennedy, Beni Holland, Millan Mistry, Corey Burridge, Morgan Peck, Charlie Stokes, Zac Hudson Clarke, Audrey Todorov, Oscar Ridley, Jeremy De Silva.
Will Houghton pulled peck muscle, Oliver Jones mouth / tooth, Blake Powell dead leg
Players injured before this match
Will Craythorne Collar Bone, Cameron Macrae concussion, Jamie Spires back, Joshua Gawman injured at school.
Players unavailable for this match
Jimmy March suspension, James Lyne family, Alfie Mifsud Illness