Hornets slip to another home defeat

PUBLISHED: 11:42 27 October 2017

Olly James.

Olly James.

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Hornets slipped to another defeat, this time at home to newly-promoted Maidenhead.

Hornets 10 pts

Maidenhead 27 pts

Hornets entertained newly-promoted Maidenhead on their first visit to The Nest.

The visitors have had a mixed start to the season, looking good at home where they have their own artificial pitch, but struggling on their travels.

Unfortunately, Hornets were unable to take advantage of the visitors’ poor away form. In difficult windy conditions, the match was as good as lost in the first 20 minutes as Maidenhead ran in three tries to give them an early 17-0 lead.

Hornets did tighten their defence and despite Maidenhead having the majority of possession, a sustained attack saw Olly James intercept the ball on Hornets own five-metre line and sprint the length of the pitch to register Hornets’ opening score and to keep the home side in the match at half time with a score of 17-5.

Hornets suffered further setbacks first with a nasty shoulder injury to James Letherby and losing Steve Pape and Dave Vivian to injury. Fortunately the latter two recovered to re-join the action and Pape pulled back a further try for Hornets in the third quarter during Hornets’ best period of the match.

Maidenhead returned to the ascendency towards the end, adding a penalty and a further try to clinch themselves a bonus point and a final score of 27-10.

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