Maids v Windsor (home)

A very Happy New Year to everyone- here’s hoping for a 2017 full of tries, wins and birdbaths! What a way to kick off the new calendar year, with a fascinating local derby versus our resurgent friends, Windsor. Maids won this corresponding fixture at Home Park in September, turning in an impressive performance, which saw them humble the hosts, 45-13. However, Windsor are a very different side to the one which succumbed to Maids back then, and seem to have settled into life under new coach, Anthony Andrews. Indeed, they enter this game on the back of a 4 match unbeaten run, which has included impressive wins over Grove and Witney.

Windsor have been buoyed by the return of hooker Allan Crawshaw, and with influential scrum half Rhys Davies back on the bench for this game, and skipper Neil Baggett close to a return, they’ll be confident of an improved showing in the 2nd half of this season.

Following a professional 39-15 victory at Swindon on December 17th, Maidenhead entered the Xmas break top of the table, just one point ahead of 2nd placed Old Patesians, and they will be striving to secure 5 points against Windsor, to keep them on the summit. Windsor have the unenviable task of trying to contain Christoph Bart, a man who has been in imperious form for Maids recently, arguably playing his finest rugby in a Maids shirt, since rejoining last season. So much so, he earned the title of ‘Beast of Swindon’ recently from Advertiser reporter Graeme Copas. Upon hearing this title, Tinder-fiend Frank Khakhumlan was on red alert, for what sounded like his type of woman, only to be sorely disappointed, upon reading further into the article.

Another Maids player in a rich vein of form currently, is 18 year old winger Scott Prince, who we caught up with this week, to learn a little more about:

*Nickname(s)? Prinny, Prinny Senior, Captain Happy

*Occupation? Apprentice birdbath technician

*Position? Wing/Fullback/over my Dad’s knee

*Former clubs? Only ever played for Maids.

*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Beating Claire’s Court 2 years in a row for Desborough, with our reserves.

*Favourite food? A nice plain curry, nothing spicy. Like my personality.

*Dream woman/man? Margot Robbie/Steve Prince

*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Myke Parrott- he doesn’t know any boundaries.

*What do you want to achieve this season? Top of the league, comfortably beat all our rivals, and to kiss a girl for the first time.

Maids welcome back Ed Keohane to the side, who starts at 15, after missing the Swindon game- his assertion that he’s too good looking to go to Swindon, probably correct. William Cadden is away on spelling camp indefinitely, so misses out, which sees James Emmanuel start in the 2nd row, despite having a New Year’s Eve party and not inviting any of the boys. Lewis Jones looks set to recover from his turkey-coma to walk from scrum to scrum, and Umar Marriott has managed to secure a Pimp deputy, to allow him time to play.

Maids team:

  1. Parrott (c)
  2. T Jones
  3. L Jones
  4. Emmanuel
  5. Churchyard
  6. White
  7. Muil
  8. Long
  9. Hill
  10. Thompson
  11. Prince
  12. Hannigan
  13. Bart
  14. Lewis
  15. Keohane
  16. Marriott
  17. Macauley
  18. Finnie

Windsor team:

  1. Kidd
  2. Crawshaw
  3. Noakes
  4. Jupp
  5. Livingstone
  6. Monsey
  7. King
  8. Cheetham
  9. Cullen
  10. Grant-Adamson
  11. Gaylor
  12. Balmer
  13. Birch
  14. Howard
  15. Moseley
  16. Carne
  17. Hewitt
  18. Davies

Come on you Maids!