After having last Saturday off for Easter, Maids return to league action this week, travelling to Monks Lane, to face an in-form Newbury Blues side, looking to win their 10th game on the bounce. Newbury will be confident of stretching their impressive unbeaten run, which dates back to December 5th, when they lost 26-14 to… Maidenhead.
Since that day, Newbury have recorded victories against 2nd place Salisbury, Witney, and a 12-10 away win at Towcestrians. Led by skipper Dan Thorne, Newbury boast a mean defence, with a quick backline. Maids will have to be particularly wary of full back Josh Bartlett, who has pace to burn, and is a dangerous counter-attacking player.
Despite the daunting task ahead, Maidenhead go to the Blues full of confidence themselves after back-to-back wins against Towcester (33-19) and Windsor (38-14). This week, we speak to hooker Nic Jones, who has impressed all, in his debut season at first team level:
It’s your first season in the first team, are you enjoying yourself?
“I love being back at Maidenhead RFC, and to be in the first team is great. It’s got a great mix of characters with some brilliant rugby ability which pushes me to be my best each week. I particularly enjoy showering with Churchy after games”.
What’s gone well for us this season?
“Our set pieces have been quite the force this season whether that be lineouts, scrums or even a quick tap and go. With great talent in the team from 1-18 we have the ability to do well all over the park. The driving maul is especially strong for us and has been effective against all teams this season. We will look to continue this on Saturday.”
What do we need to do, to beat Newbury?
“We need to go into it in a similar way as we did to Towcestrians. In a relaxed but focused manner. Newbury have had an impressive run of wins and to beat them on their turf we will need to bring everything to the game on Saturday. All the Maidenhead players 1-18 need to be ready to put it all on the line for 80 minutes if we want that W this Saturday.”
Maids welcome back Perry Jansen to the team this week, who has been on a romantic getaway with new girlfriend Ellie Birch, while Jaryd Robinson replaces Frankie O’Keeffe, who has returned to Thailand, to complete ‘his treatment’.
1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N. Jones, 3/ Britton, 4/ Emmanuel, 5/ Churchyard, 6/ White, 7/ Cadden, 8/ Long, 9/ Childerhouse, 10/ Jansen, 11/ Robinson, 12/ Heron, 13/ Bart, 14/ Abiven, 15/ Finnie, 16/ Rawlings, 17/ Gallina, 18/ Simpson
Come on you Maids!