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Blues prepare for plastic points grab

Derby trip to Maidenhead first up after toppling leaders

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Blues prepare for plastic points grab

NEWBURY BLUES go to Maidenhead’s 3G surface on the back of deposing South West One leaders Towcestrians last week while aiming to add to Maids’ recent on-field woes.

After a superb start that saw Maidenhead go unbeaten for seven games, they have lost three in a row, albeit to in-form Oxford Harequins, Towcestrians and fellow challengers Windsor.

They also hold the advantage of playing on their artificial surface, although Blues’ head coach Lee Goodall is happy with his side’s plastic task.

“The 3G pitch suits our play,” he said, “and it will be nice to play on a decent playing surface in December.

“It does fatigue people and after 60 or 70 minutes you can see legs tiring, and that’s their advantage as they are used to playing and training on it.

“But we are looking forward to it and are taking it seriously.|”

Blues will have to make several changes with Joe Lawrence, Andy Herriott, Chris Guyatt and Finn Walsh all out, but into the squad return Ryan Davis, Joe Pigott, Kyle Doel and Toby Thorne for the 2pm kick-off.

Thatcham have a crucial home game at Henwick on Saturday when they face bottom of the table Swindon College Old Boys in Southern Counties North, while in the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Premier Division, promotion-chasing Tadley Tigers are at Slough and Hungerford go in search of points against Chesham at The Triangle.

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