Maldon Rugby Union Football Club win Essex 1 League unbeaten (2021 - 2022)

By Christopher Roper

18th Apr 2022 | Local Sport

Maldon RUFC 1st XV
Maldon RUFC 1st XV

Many amateur rugby teams have struggled to field sides after the pandemic - but Maldon RUFC has pushed, every week, to field three sides.

The First XV play in Essex 1 and have beaten everything the opposition could throw at them. There were some exceptionally close games, against Clacton and Billericay, but Maldon weathered the storm.

Maldon went 5 points clear of Billericay two weeks ago, finishing on a solid 85 points total. Maldon still has a cup game left this season, which is likely to be at the start of May.

Regardless of the outcome, the squad will continue to train and develop - ready for their promotion to London Essex 3.

Twelve of this squad's players came through Maldon's MMY and Junior systems; the leadership duo of Josh Chadwick (Captain) and George Alden-Smith (Vice-Captain) are a testament to this home-grown talent.

It is a year where Head-Coach Mark Judd had fierce competition for selection, with everyone wanting to be part of this positive and inclusive group of players.

Maldon Second XV 'The Vikings,' their ship steered by the mighty Dan Pask, finished 4th in Eastern Counties, Division 2 South. Not only have they supported and fed players into the First XV, but they have also built a fearsome reputation in their own league and will be looking to finisher higher next season.

The Abbots, Maldon's Third XV, have enjoyed more outings than in previous seasons. Giving different levels of players the opportunity to participate and compete in a game they love. Their new captain, Gareth Allen, has shown a real passion for mustering men to wear the club colours.

Maldon RUFC is immensely proud of its players' achievements this year. The club would also like to thank all the volunteers and support staff for their hard work; from Danni Bacon, club physiotherapist, to Azam, our wonderful chef, as well as dozens of people involved with the committee and the running of Drapers' Farm facilities.

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