Re-named the bullet-dodgers by Will Greenwood, following the narrow away victory at Chippenham last week, Maids look to stretch their winning streak to 6 games, as they welcome Oxfordshire rivals, Grove to Braywick this week, in what is sure to be a significantly closer game than this fixture last season, which saw Maids triumph 52-7, with a sparkling debut from Jaryd Robinson.
A week ago, Chippenham belied their lowly league position to give Maidenhead their stiffest test yet, coming close to stealing the victory in front of a raucous crowd, but in the end, narrowly losing 29-30 to Bolton’s table-toppers. With the return of some key players to their side, they will surely start to climb the league table, and will run Newbury close at Monk’s Lane tomorrow.
Maids’ visitors to the Bowl tomorrow, have enjoyed a great start, under new boss Nigel Hunter, having won their last 4 matches, including an impressive away victory, at local rivals Witney last week. Grove appear to be re-invigorated under their new coach, and few would have predicted their lofty status at the end of last season. In the pack, they have been bolstered by the addition of 6’ 10” second row, Josh Tyler, and full back Sam Vaughan, an accomplished kicker, will punish any Maidenhead misdemeanours tomorrow.
As usual, Maidenhead make changes due to injuries and unavailability, but one of this season’s mainstays, Will Macaulay, continues in the back row. Macaulay has been one of the star performers this campaign, after signing from Blackheath in the summer, and we took a minute to catch up with him…
*Position? Back row.
*Former clubs? Blackheath, Darlington Mowden Park, Leeds Met, Leeds Carnegie.
*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Playing with World-class players, such as Waisale Serevi, Manu Tuilagi, Myke Parrott and Ben Youngs
*Favourite food? Fajita’s
*Dream woman/man? Jack Hill’s sister
*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Chilli- it would get very weird, very quickly.
*What do you want to achieve this season? Achieve promotion, help the club (from minis to seniors) grow and develop, as well as growing and developing my own hair again.
Will Cadden misses out this week, and is in witness protection indefinitely, following a Black-Rat cider induced episode last weekend, that saw him on the wrong end of a kicking from his girlfriend, after ruining her birthday. Phil White has been summoned to Kazakhstan for work, where he is selling wash kits, made from the skin of Pig genitals (pioneered by Nic Jones), so Leroy Meek starts, and Alex Hankinson fills the bench spot. Fresh from being voted the two ‘best-looking Maids RFC players’, by the insatiable Ellie Birch, Perry Jansen and Ed Keohane continue their blossoming partnership at 10 and 12, with the rest of the backline unchanged from last week.
1/ Parrott (c), 2/ N Jones, 3/ Savage, 4/ Churchyard, 5/ Meek, 6/ Evans, 7/ Macaulay, 8/ Long, 9/ Hill, 10/ Jansen, 11/ Burnett, 12/ Keohane, 13/ Bart, 14/ Cannon, 15/ Finnie, 16/ L Jones, 17/ Hankinson, 18/ Childerhouse