05:45PM, Wednesday 10 January 2018
Captain Myke Parrott felt David Perry was looking down on Maids in the final 20 minutes of Saturday’s 15-12 win over Dings Crusaders.
Maids had taken a narrow 15-12 lead through tries from Jarryd Robinsonm and Dave Coles – with Ed Keohane bagging the extras – and Parrott believes the team were playing for David as they withstood a barrage of late pressure to take the victory. The club’s fixtures secretary passed away last week.
Most sides would have buckled in those final minutes, against a side who’ve been by far the most consistent in the league this season.
But Maids refused to bow to the pressure of the leaders, and Parrott said afterwards their ‘heroic’ defence in those final minutes was a fitting send off for Perry, who the players all thought very highly of.
“I’ve never seen a defensive performance like that,” said Parrott. “It was unbelievable.
“It was an emotional day for us because of David Perry sadly passing away. I know the boys all thought a lot of him and that was in the forefront of our minds.
“We were determined not to lose our home record on that day. I think what had happened to David was playing on all our minds. The final minutes were so tense. But the way we won it was more fitting for David really. It was pretty heroic the way we defended at the end. Better that way, than to put 70 points past a team. We were talking about him in the changing room and I think it gave us that extra five percent. He was looking down on us.”
The emotionally charged afternoon began with a minute’s silence for David, and ended with the side having extended their winning run at home to 29 games.
It puts them right in the mix for promotion ahead of Saturday’s trip to Exmouth. Whether they’re ready to take that step,Parrott admits, is another question.
“We’re away at Exmouth on Saturday, which will be a tough game,” added Parrott. “We beat them 45-33 here when they had been previously unbeaten. Their coach said he was looking forward to playing us down at their place, so they’ll be bang up for it, but then so will we.
“I’d by lying if I said that (promotion play off place) wasn’t playing on our minds. We’re within touching distance, and Newton Abbot in second still have to come to us.
“We’ve got 11 games left and six of them are at Braywick where we fancy ourselves to beat anyone. I don’t think we’re too far off, whether we’re ready to go up again is a different question. We’d need to freshen the squad up again, but why not? We’d need Newton Abbot and Bournemouth to slip up though because we’re not going to win 11 straight matches.”
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