Rememberance Sunday and loss 1st OBB
Maidenhead U16 0 v RAMS 20
Sunday 11th November 2018
First league game of the season at home against Redingensians on a dry bright slightly warm November morning. 2-minute silence at 11o/c, kick off 11:20am.
Maidenhead kick off and started strong against a very physical Ensians side. Maidenhead win a penalty and kick for lineout. Loose ball at lineout ending up in a ruck. Referee saw something, not sure what, yellow card shown to both teams. Each team have to make adjustments within the team, as both are down to 14 players. Maids have to take of a winger and replace with a prop. These changes seem to un-settle Maids more. From the re-start, Maids awarded the scrum, we pick up and drive for the line but are held up, Ensians get a penalty and clear their lines. Both teams are struggling to keep the ball in hand although Ensians seem to make less errors and apply more pressure resulting in them shipping the ball wide and running at Maidenhead, chipping our full back and chasing the ball over the line to scores the first try. Conversion scored.
Maidenhead build pressure from the re-start and camp in Ensians half for a good 5 minutes and are awards a lineout on the 5-metre line. Maids lose the lineout but put Ensians under pressure to clear their lines to touch. Maids win the lineout and drive forward, Ensians off side, Maids penalty. We take it quickly and drive to the line but are stopped short and give away a penalty for holding on. Ensians clear to touch. Maids win the lineout and pass down the line but Ensians are up quickly and put Maids under pressure resulting in us taking the ball standing still and being driven back, going to ground and being rucked out. Ensians clear to touch. Half time.
Maidenhead 0 Ensians 7
Maidenhead receive the ball from the re-start and build constant pressure but are unable to hold onto the ball due to the rush defence from Ensians and their strong tackling. Ensians keep building the pressure and are eventually awarded a penalty in front of the post which their kick for 3 points.
From the re-start Maids build momentum but are unable to keep hold of the ball due to Ensians pressure. This continues for most of the game. Maidenhead won a lot of line outs and scrums but have trouble holding onto the ball. Maidenhead win a lineout and try to build an attack but Ensians turn over the ball and kick in into our 22, where we try to gather but Ensians do and drives for the line but is held up by our winger. 5mt scrum awarded, Ensians engage early, penalty to Maids. We clear to touch and win the lineout but get turned over in the driving maul. Ensians ship the ball wide, Maids miss the tackle on the last man and Ensians score their second try. Conversion missed.
From the re-start Ensians kick the ball back into our 22, and play eventually stops with a 5-metree scrum to us. We win the scrum and clear are lines, but Jimmy either gets stepped on or twists his ankle and the game has to stop. Maids make some team adjustments as Jimmy is taken off. Maids awarded a penalty and decided to run it out of our 22, Jamie takes the ball, breaks 4 tackles, goes to ground, penalty Ensians for holding on. Ensians decided to run the penalty and manage to score a try in the far corner, conversion missed. Final whistle.
Maidenhead 0 Ensians 13
Final score Maidenhead 0 Ensians 20
Freddie DT, Will Houghton, Blake Powell, James Lynn, Freddie Forward, Oscar Ridley, Andrey Todorov, Callum Watts, Elliot Monk, Alfie Mifsud, Beni Holland, Jamie Spires, Jimmy March, Joshua Gawman, Cameron Macrae, Toby Muirhead, Charlie Stokes, Jon Tindal, Corey Burridge, Oliver Jones, Jeremy De Silva.
Jimmy March ankle, Cameron Macrae knee, Oscar Ridley eye
Players injured before this match
Zac Kennedy Leg recovery, Will Craythorne Collar Bone
Players unavailable for this match
Fergal Evans -Remembrance parade
Millan Mistry -away
Players not selected (only allowed 22 players)
Zac Hudson Clarke - played up for the colts
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