12:30PM, Thursday 28 April 2022
It’s not often you hear a club’s director of rugby talking with such pride and enthusiasm for his players after a 52-22 defeat, but Myke Parrott was full of positivity after Maids rounded off their season with defeat at North Walsham.
Maids went down all guns blazing to one of the London & South East Premier Division’s most in-form sides, having travelled to Norfolk with a depleted squad shorn of several key players.
With forwards filling in across the backline they scored three tries and remained in the contest until well into the second half, but Walsham had another gear to go to late on and ran out convincing winners to wrap up third place in the league.
Maids lost their last two matches, to champions Sevenoaks at home and North Walsham away, but they now know the level they must aspire to if they’re to challenge for promotion to National 2.
Reflecting on the game, and the side’s last-gasp 22-15 loss to Sevenoaks at Braywick Park, Parrott said: “They got a couple of late tries, but up until that point it was five tries to three, so it was 38-22. Their kicker nailed everything, he was brilliant, but I thought our boys were awesome.
“We only had five backs, we had loads of injuries.
“It was just that point in the season, we had loads of lads who couldn’t make it, but I thought we were sensational with such a young side.
“We scored three tries and we could have scored another to be honest against one of the best sides in the league.
“So, we were well chuffed with how we played, really, really pleased.”
He added: “We felt that we should have won against Sevenoaks. If the ball bounces our way at the end, Harry Wells scores and we’d have been eight points ahead with two or three minutes to play.
“But the ball bounced their way and that’s why we love rugby.
“They know we should have won that game and we know we should have won that game.
“It was a very different situation on Saturday, we had a very depleted side with a lot of regulars missing, but we had a lot of youngsters out there who didn’t care what number was on their back, they just went out and played and they were superb.”
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