09:00AM, Monday 02 December 2019
David Mobbs-Smith hopes Maids can keep the crowd on side with impressive victories and maintain ‘excitement in the season’ as he looks to sustain the side’s push for a top two finish.
The head coach reiterated his ambition to improve on the last two seasons and finish in the top two, thereby guaranteeing a play-off for promotion at worst.
However, the quality of opposition across the South West Premier will make that easier said than done.
“We’re competing at the right end of the table,” he said after last Saturday’s (November 23) 24-14 win over Bracknell RFC.
“Which is better than, say, Bracknell are doing. We’re there or thereabouts and we should still be in the top three or four heading into the Brixham game depending on what’s happened elsewhere.
“That’s where we want to be because that’s how you maintain the crowds coming down and the excitement in the season.
“We’re looking at those top two positions which give you a chance of promotion.
“That’s the ambition. Whether we can achieve it or not is another story because you can see the standard of opposition we’re up against.”
Saturday’s derby was played in front of a boisterous crowd, split 50/50 in terms of support. With the club having lost its last three matches against Bracknell, it felt like a defining result for their season and lifts Maids to third.
“Every game is hard. These guys are down there fighting for their lives but did it look like that to you? There are going to be some disappointed sides at the end of the year who’ll play some great rugby but don’t win enough games.”
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