Maidenhead RFC kick off Mobbs-Smith era with 27-17 win over Drybrook RFC

Ed Keohane

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Drybrook RFC 17, Maidenhead RFC 27

Maidenhead RFC began life under new coach David Mobbs-Smith with an impressive 27-17 away win at Drybrook on Saturday.

The new coach brought in a number of new players for the clash and, while Maids didn't have things all their own way, they demonstrated a level of control which suggests they'll have a bit more joy on the road this season.

It didn't take them long to get their noses in front on the scoreboard, touching down to make it 5-0 before Drybrook hit back with a penalty.

Maids then moved the ball left to put Olly Foxley in for the game's second try, with Will Runciman adding the extras to make it 12-3.

A great break from inside his own half by Ed Keohane created Maidenhead's third try for Scott Prince who dashed over. The extras were missed but the visitors still held a healthy 17-3 advantage at the interval.

Mobbs-Smith's men were under the pump in the early stages of the second half, and - just when it looked like they'd survive the onslaught - Drybrook eventually made a catch and drive count to go over (17-10).

Keohane pushed them back once more from a penalty before Maids made sure of their bonus point victory with a breakaway try. Parkin fed Foxley who managed to return it to Parkin before being tackled and the scrum half touched down.

There was still time for a try from Drybrook in the final seconds, but the final whistle sounded soon after to signal Maids' first win.

Maidenhead sit third in the South West Premier table ahead of next Saturday's clash with Exeter University at Braywick Park. Exeter sit top of the early season standings following their 54-12 win over Launceston this weekend.

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Banbury RFC 60, Windsor RFC 15

Windsor received a baptism of fire on their return to South West 1 East as they fell to a 60-15 defeat at Banbury. Jack Pattinson's charges will look to respond when they host Oxford Harlequins at Home Park on Saturday.

Banbury just missed out on promotion last season, finishing third behind Old Centralians. They've now won six league games on the trot and look a good bet to be challenging for promotion once again this term.