Maidenhead welcome fellow title challengers, Newbury Blues to the Braywick Bowl tomorrow in a game that will undoubtedly have significant effect on who finishes South West One at the summit. Maids are unbeaten at Braywick since October 2015, whilst Newbury arrive on the back of an 8-game winning streak, which has seen them close the gap on the top 2 of Old Pats and Maids, to just 2 points. The game couldn’t be more finely poised, and no doubt, both sides will be hoping for a big crowd to cheer their respective teams on.
Maids will have to play for 80 minutes this week, without giving Newbury the benefit of a 20 minute lull, something which was afforded to Richie Craig’s Witney boys last week. Eventually, Maids settled into their rhythm, and dispatched the Oxfordshire side 47-26, but not without a couple of scares.
At Monks Lane earlier in the season, it was the Blues who came out on top, 31-28, after a superb individual performance from captain Dan Thorne, at 10. This week, he dons the 13 shirt, with Nick Wacwitz at fly half, but Maids will be wary of the threat he poses. Upfront, Newbury have big ball carriers in Winfield (6) and Millar (8), so will have to stop them early, and meet them head-on at the gain line.
Maidenhead welcomed back various senior players to the side last week, and one man who was singled out for praise by Head Coach Russ Bolton, was young stud, Ross Muil. We had a chat with him this week, to find out a little more about him…
*Nickname(s)? Rossy, Wossy, Rossco, Brad Junior, Charlie’s better half.
*Occupation? PE Teacher/Gap year student
*Position? 2nd row
*Former clubs? Maids, Berks U20s
*Biggest rugby achievement to date? Scoring a try at Braywick while my girlfriend was watching. It was all for her.
*Favourite food? Italian
*Dream woman/man? Gemma Parrott (when she was pregnant)/Rupert Erskine
*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck in a lift with, and why? Nic Jones, in case he has his weird Fritzl chessboard with him.
*What do you want to achieve this season? Promotion, and to ensure my Mum doesn’t catch me being ‘intimate’ with my girlfriend again.
Maids welcome back William Cadden to the starting line-up for this game, whose IQ has yet again deteriorated, this time, through a broken hand. Sam Churchyard wins the season award for most ridiculous absence, electing to book his stag do on this weekend, but fortunately, no other Maids boys actually like him, so James Emmanuel is the only other absentee for this. Nic Jones has had the Dmitri Payet treatment this week, being booted out of the Whatsapp group for skipping training due to Valentine’s, and then offering no apology, but is allowed to play the match. Mark Childerhouse continues in the scrum half shirt, with special permission from Russ Bolton to conduct his naughty little habit at half time.
- Parrott (c)
- P Jones
- L Jones
- D Stewart
- D Thorne
- T Thorne
- G Stewart
Come on you Maids!