10:00AM, Thursday 07 February 2019
Captain Myke Parrott hopes this weekend will be a defining, momentum changing, week in Maidenhead RFC’s chase for a play-off spot.
The Maids captain is confident the side can roll off their comprehensive 38-14 win over Exmouth at Braywick Park two weeks ago by winning away at fourth placed Ivybridge. And he’s hoping Drybrook – a team Maidenhead also beat 40-27 just a few weeks ago – can do them a favour at home to second placed Barnstaple.
“Barnstaple have a really tough game at Drybrook on Saturday,” Parrott said.
“I think they’re a vastly improved team and I fancy them to nick it this weekend.
“If they do and we win our match the gap could be down to just two or three points depending on bonus points and they’ve still got to come to our place.
“I think we’ll be pretty strong on Saturday. Availability is good.
“Ryan Long is away but Todd Muil will come in having played very well against Exmouth and Dylan Baptista is also back in the mix and gives us something different on the wing.
“Apart from that we’ll be pretty much the same as we were against Exmouth so bring it on.”
Despite the recent poor weather, the game is likely to go ahead with Ivybridge playing their matches on a 3G pitch, something Parrott thinks will favour the visitors.
He also doesn’t think Ivybridge have the squad depth to match Maids or Barnstaple in the race for second place.
“They (Ivybridge) had a fabulous start,” he said. “They won eight on the bounce but their form hasn’t been as good lately.
“I think they’ve lost their last four from five or three from four.
“What I do know is that their first 18 is very strong but when they do pick up a few injuries they tend to struggle because it’s a very young squad.
“They play on an artificial pitch so the game will definitely go ahead. We’ve played far better away from home anyway this season but the pitch will suit us.
They’ve only been playing on it for four months so it will suit us better than them.”
Parrott also called the display against Exmouth one of the performances of the season.
“We were really chuffed with that,” he said. “They’re a top side who aren’t that different from when they were playing in National 2 so it was probably one of our best performances of the season.
“To beat them so comfortably certainly bodes well. If we can get through the next two away games (at Ivybridge and Weston-super-Mare) we’ll be in a good spot.”
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