A great game against a tenacious Thatcham and Tadley -Win
Maidenhead U16 51 v Thatcham and Tadley 7
Sunday 10th March 2019
2018/19 U16 season
The return friendly match at home against Tadley & Thatcham, 10:30 kick off on a very windy sunny morning.
Tadley & Thatcham kick off, Maids playing into the wind, catch and drive, TT steal ball but are driven into touch. 1st lineout to Maids but manage to knock on. 1st scrum to TT who pick and go from the 8 and drive into Maids defence. Penalty to TT, Maids not releasing, and TT kick into Maids 22 for the lineout. TT win the lineout and drive towards Maids try line but unfortunately knock on. Maids scrum, pick and go at 8, play the ball down the line, while running through TT defensive line, ball being played through the hands at speed, which ends up with a try for Callum in the far corner. Missed conversion, really windy. On the re-start, Maids gather and drive again at TTs defence pushing into their 22 but go to ground and form a ruck which TT manage a turn over, turning defence into attack they find space in our defensive line and break away towards are try line. Although Maids chase hard, TT score a good break away try under the posts and covert it. Maids chase the re-start but TT gather and try to build another attack, but give away a penalty which Maids kick for the line out into TTs 22. Maids win the lineout and drive for the line, coming up short but then pick and go, switching play and Callum scores again in the corner. Conversion missed. From the re-start Maids attack the ball but give away another penalty. From the TT lineout, ref awards them a scrum. Maids push up their defensive line and after several rucks manage to steal the ball and break away to score our third try, Cameron, going over the try line. Conversion missed. From the re-start Maids play the ball through the backs attacking into TT 22 but then knock on. Maids disrupt the TT scrum and after several plays Maids to get into TTs 22 and push hard towards the try line and Jamie scores in the far corner. Conversion missed. From the re-start Maids gather and attack again, ball passing through the hands to end with Alfie scoring under the posts with Jamie converting. After several more plays with TT pushing into Maids 22 the whistle was blown for half time.
Score at the end of the first half.
Maidenhead 27 Tadley & Thatcham 7
Maidenhead get the second half started, kicking into the wind, TT gather and start to build an attack but the ball goes loose and Maids bounce into it and turn defensive into attack and Corey runs in to score a try in the corner. Conversion missed. From the re-start Maids push up to the half way line, several plays later Maids move int TTs 22 playing towards the try line, but the ref blows up for a forward pass. TT scrum but Maids win and push the ball wide but give away a penalty. TT kick for lineout but miss touch and Maids counter, penalty TT for not releasing. Again, TT miss touch and Maids attack. Eventually Maids get the break and attack through the middle with Will scoring the try and Jamie making the conversion. TT get the game going again with build pressure on Maids but Maids defend well but start to give away too many penalties, but TT cannot break the line and from a loose ball Maids counter and push back into TTs 22, ball moving well through the hands with Callum scoring his third try, conversion missed. TT start putting pressure on from the re-start and Maids start giving away far too many penalties resulting with a team warning and then a yellow for a high tackle. Maids now down to 14 have to defend really hard and organise well stopping several hard-line attacks from TT. Maids get a ball break and work their way down the pitch ending with a try from Elliot with Jamie converting. TT attack from the re-start, Jimmy is injured so some back-line changes needed. Maids continue to work well together and push TT back towards the half way line. Whistle blows for full time.
Score at the end of the second half.
Maidenhead 24 Tadley & Thatcham 0
Final score Maidenhead 51 - Tadley & Thatcham 7
Freddie D-Tipton, Fergal Evans, Blake Powell, Jon Tindal, James Lyne, Freddie Forward, Oscar Ridley, Callum Watts, Oliver Jones, Elliot Monk, Jeremy De Silva, Alfie Mifsud, Jamie Spires, Millan Mistry, Cameron Macrae, Toby Muirhead, Zac Hudson Clarke, Will Houghton, Corey Burridge, Jimmy March, Joshua Gawman.
Players injured before this match
Will Craythorne -Collar Bone, Morgan Peck - Ankle,
Players unavailable for this match
Andrey Todorov, Zac Kennedy, Beni Holland