RUGBY: Marine prepare for ‘biggest game’
5:30am Friday 21st March 2014 in By Tom Bassam, Chief sports writer
SUPERMARINE’S points deduction has made Saturday’s game against table-toppers Bradford-upon-Avon the biggest of the season according to head coach Sean Millwaters.
The South Marston side would have gone into this weekend’s fixture in Bradford’s position at the top of Dorset & Wilts One North. However this week they were deducted five points for fielding club colt, Macauley Reynolds, who was unregistered with the league against Pewsey Vale last month.
As a result Millwaters side currently sit fourth. Though because of the game in-hand they have on the sides above them if they were to maintain their current winning run until the end of the season they would be champions.
Millwaters certainly thinks they will be able to kick-off their last four games with a win.
“If we hadn’t lost the points it would be first against second. This one is the biggest game of the season so far. If we lose we’re putting pressure on ourselves,” said Millwaters.
“I feel like if both teams played to the best of their ability we would win.”
Earlier in the season Supermarine lost 12-11 at Ashley Lane but Millwaters side had a try controversially disallowed late in the game.
Supermarine’s head coach is expecting this Saturday to be equally close but wants his side to set the record straight.
“We haven’t lost for 14 games, our home form is we’ve lost one all season. I don’t know if they’ll be intimidated (by that record) but they’ve got to take us seriously.
“They are top of the league for a reason but there’s no team in this league that we can’t beat.
“The team want to to rewrite the record after they beat us.”
This Saturday represents a tipping point in the league season. Supermarine’s immediate rivals all play teams lower than themselves in the table so a defeat could leave Marine playing catch-up in their last three-games and relying on other results to go their way.
Though a win would see the deficit created by the points deduction almost wiped out.