Maids captain Will Macaulay believes the side need to be more accountable for their own errors after their last-gasp defeat to Bracknell on Saturday.
Maidenhead saw their last minute lineout turned over after the referee deemed the feed was not straight – and on the resulting counter attack Bracknell snatched the win 19-20.
“All credit to Bracknell, they fronted up,” said Macaulay.
“Last play of the game we went for the five pointer, which we knew we had to do to keep the pressure on Barnstaple – messed up a set piece and Bracknell did well to keep the ball, end to end stuff from them and they reaped the rewards in the end.”
With Barnstaple winning at the weekend Maids know their season objective has now switched to maintain third place and with Ivybridge breathing down their necks, Maidenhead can ill afford a slip up.
“The main word that was said in the huddle is that we need to be more accountable for our own individual errors and performances,” added Macaulay.
“Andy Berry summed it up perfectly -we all need to be accountable for our own actions.
“Nothing changes now. We work hard, we consolidate, we go hard, and we train hard and go at them (Brixham).
Despite the loss the captain praised the job that Russell Bolton has done with the club, on what was his final home game in charge of Maidenhead.
“He’s done a really good job for the whole of the club,” said Macaulay.
“He’s progressed people. He gets us thinking more, not just how we are playing or where we are going – he’s trying to create intellectual players.”
Simon Bayliss' last-gasp match-winning try for Bracknell. Conversion by Vic Hardwicke. Video uploaded to Youtube by Andy Johnson