Great game and Win against Wallingford

Maidenhead U16 38 v Wallingford 17

Sunday 21st October 2018

 

2018/19 U16s season 

27/10/18 

A friendly game at home against Wallingford on a very warm and sunny bright morning. To ensure a 15-a-side game we lent Wallingford two players and three by the end of the match due to injury. 

Jon Tindal and Jeremy De Silva played for Wallingford in the first half and then Jon agreed to stay and Millan stepped in for Jeremy. Many thanks for doing this as it means we can play a full 15 a-side game. 

We also had three u15 players stepping up to help, Jonti Bryant, Jack Denis and Harry Pechereau. Many thanks for your help. 

 

Even though we had players helping us from the U15s and two of our players helping out Wallingford, Maidenhead started strong. We managed to control areas of the game and kept our shape in attack, with some very good support play, resulting in a try from one of our stand-in U15 players crossing the line and scoring the first try, which was then converted by Jamie. 

On the restart, we gather the ball and against started to go through the phases. After a few break down of the play and having to regroup Corey ran a wonderful hard strong line at a great angle, took the ball at pace and just seem to keep running (a bit like Run Forest Run) to the line to score our second try which was converted by Jamie. 

Again, on the restart we gather the ball well and played it down into their 22, putting Wallingford under pressure. While they tried to clear their lines some how the ball went lose and Jimmy bounced into to it the secure our third try which again Jamie converted. 

Wallingford never gave up and managed to score a try of their own in the far corner of the pitch so did not manage to make the conversion. 

Score at the end of the first half. 

Maidenhead 21 Wallingford 5 

 

The second half seemed to be a more completive and Wallingford started to put some real pressure on us. We defended well and turned defence into attach and from a scrum mid field Beni managed a great break down the pitch. Even though the attach broke down but the support and the recycling were played so well, we still managed to cross the line for the first score of the 2nd half, Ben scoring and Jamie converting. Wallingford responded and scored but missed the conversion. We managed to score twice more during the second half, both by Jamie but unfortunately missed the conversions. Wallingford never gave up and managed a converted try before the final whistle. 

Score at the end of the second half 

Maidenhead 17 Wallingford 12 

 

Final score Maidenhead 38 Wallingford 17 

 

We have worked hard over the last few weeks on restarts and support play and its starting to show with some very good plays from the team. We have also worked hard on our shape in defensive and the off-side line. Still need to work on our rucking although this is improving and our discipline and positivity has improved hugely. 

 

Team 

Freddie DT, Fergal Evans, Morgan Peck, Jack Denis (u15), Jonti Bryant (u15), Jon Tindal, Ben Holland, Corey Burridge, Callum Watts, Elliot Monk, Alfie Mifsud, Millan Mistry, Jamie Spires, Jimmy March, Harry Appleton, Cameron Macrae, Jeremy De Silva, Harry Pechereau (u15) 

 

Injures 

No injured players 

 

Players injured before this match 

Toby Muirhead Knee Ligament recovery, Zac Kennedy Leg recovery, Will Craythorne Collar Bone, Joshua Gawman broken figure 

Players unavailable for this match 

Zac Hudson Clarke, Charlie Stokes, Blake Powell, Andrey Todorov, Freddie Forward, James Lyne, Oliver Jones, Oscar Ridley, Alex Edwards, Ronnie Martharu,