Maidenhead return to Braywick, after a month away, to face the stern test of Old Centralians, who were relegated from National 3 last season, by the smallest of margins. Old Cents currently sit 5th in the table, but enter the game, after an impressive 48-10 trouncing of high-flying Grove, whereas Maids will be looking to bounce back, after they lost their unbeaten record at the hands of Newbury a week ago, being edged out 31-28.

Old Cents boast a large, aggressive pack, which is led by tighthead prop, and skipper, Scott Fritchley, but have plenty of pace out wide, especially in the form of winger Lewis May, who comes into the match in a rich vein of form. The 3G pitch at Braywick will suit both sides ambitions of running rugby, so the crowd should be in for a real treat.

In contrast to the backline, Maidenhead name an unchanged starting pack this week, including the bald-headed beauty, Sam Churchyard, who let us know a little more about him…

*Nickname(s)? Churchy, Greengrass, Greener, Humpty-Dumpty

*Occupation? Area Manager/On-call firefighter

*Position? Lock

*Former clubs? Winkers (banned), Sports Bar (banned), Coco’s (banned), Smokey Joe’s (suspended).

*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Playing at Adams Park for the University, even though I was a cleaner there, and not a student.

*Favourite food? Chinese/Beef Roast

*Dream woman/man? Pig D***- I would let him lead me by the hand into his depraved shed.

*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Rupert Erskine- he would try to wear my skin.

*What do you want to achieve this season? Top 2 finish, ideally promotion, and hold on to my driving license.

 

Ross Muil continues on the sidelines, with a wrist injury, sustained in a strange bedroom experiment in Paris this week, with his girlfriend, whilst coach Will Greenwood has stepped down a level, to help junior side, Barbarians, versus South Africa. Will Thompson makes his first start, at 10, and Scott Prince makes his 1st XV debut from the bench, matching his father, Steve’s all time 1st XV appearance tally. Rorie Hannigan is back in the team, at inside centre, following his impressive birdbath showing in the Bonberry bar with Ryan Long last week. Finally, we wish Alex Cannon all the best in his recovery, after his surgery for a fractured and dislocated ankle, suffered in the defeat at Newbury.

 

Maids team:

 

  1. Parrott ©
  2. N Jones
  3. Marriott
  4. White
  5. Churchyard
  6. Cadden
  7. Macauley
  8. Long
  9. Hill
  10. Thomson
  11. Bart
  12. Hannigan
  13. Keohane
  14. Finnie
  15. Jansen
  16. L Jones
  17. McNab
  18. Prince

 

Come on you Maids!

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