It’s back to home comforts this week for Maids, who take on Wiltshire rivals, Swindon at the Braywick Bowl, following a 20-19 victory over Royal Wootton Bassett 7 days earlier. Swindon also recorded a victory, overcoming Grove at home, 22-15, which sees both sides currently on 4 points in the table.
Maidenhead left it late to squeeze past RWB last week, and were 19-13 down, with time up on the clock. From a scrum, and a series of pick and drives, Lewis Jones managed to sneak over to score, with Tom Finnie coolly slotting the conversion to clinch the win. For the sake of Russell Bolton’s blood pressure, Maids will be keen to secure the win, in more comfortable circumstances against Swindon, though the players all know, this will be a tough task.
Sean Lynn’s men enjoy playing on the 3G at Braywick, and their fast-running style of play is suited to the surface that is offered. They nearly clinched a famous victory last season at Maids’ home, launching a spectacular 2nd half comeback, narrowly missing out 34-31. Adam Westall continues in the number 10 shirt for Swindon, but the imposing figures of Guido Suez (prop) and Maleli Naiova (number 8) have been added to the squad, to give the visiting pack an undoubted weight advantage upfront.
One player recalled to the starting line-up for Maids, is flanker, William Cadden, who impressed off the bench last week, and got the Man of the Match award. He struggled with some of the questions we asked him, but through his translator, ‘the Goose’, we managed to make some sense…
*Nickname(s)? ‘Cadden’, ‘Cads’, ‘Hooks’, ‘Franks and Beans’
*Occupation? AV Engineer
*Position? Back row
*Former clubs? Deportiva Francesca
*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Going up to Nat 3 with Maids. I then elected not to play in Nat 3.
*Favourite food? Chicken
*Dream woman/man? Jennifer Lawrence/Jon Heron
*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Rupert Erskine, because we share a trophy together. I threw mine out of a taxi window though.
*What do you want to achieve this season? To place first or second in the league, and to beat Windsor at their place. I’d also really like to get to level 3 maths in my SATs.
Other changes see Tom Simpson miss out, after his cat gave birth to kittens, and Paul Britton is under investigation, following the latest dogging scandal, highlighted in this weeks’ Maidenhead Advertiser. Ross Muil has a photo shoot with his girlfriend, for a new Facebook profile picture, so Sam Churchyard comes in to the squad, with Cadden promoted from the bench.
1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N. Jones, 3/ L. Jones, 4/ Meek, 5/ White, 6/ Cadden, 7/ Macauley, 8/ Long, 9/ Hill, 10/ Jansen, 11/ O’Keeffe, 12/ Hannigan, 13/ Bart, 14/ Heron, 15/ Finnie, 16/ Savage, 17/ Churchyard, 18/ Childerhouse
1/ Stokes, 2/ Jones, 3/ Suez, 4/ Mason, 5/ Taylor, 6/ Wright, 7/ Thompson (c), 8/ Naiova, 9/ Berry, 10/ Westall, 11/ Robinson, 12/ Williams, 13/ Jensen, 14/ Wilson, 15/ Morrison, 16/ Haynes, 17/ Saville, 18/ Cox
Come on you Maids!