04:46PM, Monday 05 November 2018
Newton Abbot RFC 10, Maidenhead RFC 26
Maidenhead followed last week’s disappointing first home defeat of the season with a second away success, despite ending a combative contest at Newton Abbot with 12 players on the pitch.
Last season the two teams were well matched in the South West Premier with Maids finishing third and the All Whites one place below.
However, this season the Devon side came into the clash with one win in eight and could not improve on their record as Maids made the most of the hosts lack of confidence.
Fired up after the 24-14 setback to Weston seven days before, and with probably the strongest team they have fielded for an away clash, Maids started well in the drizzle going ahead when Andy Berry touched down and Ed Keohane added the extras.
Maids’ second row then doubled his tally after scooping up a Keohane grubber after which the inside centre slotted the conversion for 14-0.
It was the home side who scored next with a converted try in the corner which left the half-time score 14-7 in Maids’ favour.
Abbot struck first after the interval with a penalty, reducing the deficit to four points.
Maids hooker Mark Darlington then showed his power to go over the try line from close range. The conversion was missed leaving Maids 19-10 ahead.
This later became 26-10 as back row Will Macaulay scored Maids’ fourth try, earning the side a rare bonus point on the road.
Keohane converted and then later hit the post with a penalty as Maids bravely finished the match with 12 players after a series of yellow cards.
The result leaves Russell Bolton’s Maids fifth in the table with six wins from nine matches before next weekend’s break in the campaign.
They resume on Saturday, November 17 at home to rock-bottom Old Patesians.
Maidenhead RFC: Foxley, Crosley, Keohane, Hannigan, Prince, Runciman, Morgan; Parrott, M Darlington, Jones, Churchyard, Berry, Leonard, Macaulay, Cole. Subs: A Darlington, Muil, Lubbock.
South West Premier results:
Bournemouth 34, Exeter Uni 15
Barnstaple 25, Exmouth 21
Bracknell 30, Drybrook 20
Brixham 46, Cleve 17
Newton Abbot 10, Maidenhead 26
Old Patesians 13, Ivybridge 36
Weston-s-Mare 34, Camborne 20
South West Premier table (top six):
1, Bournemouth….P9, Pts 44
2, Ivybridge……….P9, Pts 40
3, Barnstaple……..P9, Pts 32
4, Exmouth………..P9, Pts 32
5, Maidenhead…...P9, Pts 31
6, Exeter Uni……...P9, Pts 29
Other local results:
Windsor 21, High Wycombe 27
Southern Counties North leaders Windsor suffered an unexpected defeat to High Wycombe, their first on home soil this season.
They remain top by two points from second-placed Wallingford.
Bicester 52, Marlow 10
Having made a half century themselves last week, this time Marlow were on the receiving end of as many in going down to Bicester in Southern Counties North.
Marlow are seventh in the table.
Phoenix 20, Abingdon 32
Phoenix remain sixth in the BBO Championship following their defeat at home to second-placed Abingdon.
Farnham Royal 5, Berkshire Shire Hall 58
A first victory of the BBO Championship campaign continues to elude Farnham Royal who were well beaten by visitors Berkshire Shire Hall.
Stow-on-the-Wold v Slough – abandoned
Match abandoned with the score 29-6 to the hosts.
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