After 2 consecutive away fixtures, and a week off before that, Maids return to the Braywick Bowl, for the first time in a month, to tackle a resurgent, in-form Brixham. Following a tough start to the league campaign, ‘the Fishermen’ have bounced back to enter this game off the back of a 3 game winning streak, which includes an impressive 24-7 win away at Devon rivals, Ivybridge. Brixham’s upsurge in recent form has coincided with the return of talismanic Koree Britton, formerly of London Welsh and Chinnor, and he will line up at hooker, versus former Chinnor teammates, Andy and Mark Darlington at scrum time. Maids will have to improve upon their discipline from last week, as any errors will be punished by number 12 Tom Putt- a man who rarely misses shots at goals.

Maids come into this match, on the back of a thoroughly disappointing derby day loss at Newbury a week ago, but can have no complaints with the 39-15 score line, which the Blues deserved on the day. The normally free-scoring Maids back division were thwarted by a resolute, energetic defence, which, along with the superb place kicking of Ryan Trevaskis, sealed victory. Everyone at Maidenhead is very shocked to hear of the misfortune of Blues flanker Finn Walsh, who suffered a nasty stomach injury in the match, requiring a major operation this week, with a prolonged stay in Swindon hospital. We all wish Finn the very best in his recovery, and hope to see him back on the park sooner, rather than later.

This week, we managed to get 5 minutes with the mercurial, bronzed-beauty diva, Perry Jansen…

*Name/nicknames: Pezdog, Pel, Pezza, Timon, Jerry Pansen, Mowgli, Gypsy-boy.

 

*Position: 10/15

 

*Occupation: Insurance Broker / Andrew Darlington’s scrummaging coach / Team watchman (making sure everyone is okay, particularly Lunch Lady Lewis and his dodgy calves)

 

*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with? This was a tricky one, there’s a few options… Mark Childerhouse due to his weird, constant self-pleasing habits, Jaryd Robinson, as he would insist we both look for his long lost chest for it never to be found. However, this would go to William Cadden, he’s a lovely bloke just so so SO weird.

 

*Which Maids teammate would you want to be stuck on a desert island with? Ed Keohane (despite not getting the best man call up at the wedding), he’s an expert snake handler, and feel confident Greens could send Dan Carter to come pick us up.

 

*What’s your favourite TV Programme? Undateables- love thinking about what Cadden would be like on this program, and also Duck Tales, watching Scrooge McDuck counting all his money, much like me.

 

*What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? I like prank calling James Emmanuel and Myke Parrott most Saturday mornings.

 

*If you could choose; what animal would you be and why? It would be good to be a fly on the wall following Ryan Long around, see what that slippery guy gets up to and who he has been texting. More to the point, I want to know if he ever smiles.

 

*What do you want to achieve this season, both personally, and as a team? Personally, lay off the Thursday lunch time boozing (hard when you know you’ve got a 1.5-hour session of ignoring what anyone says at training). As a team, secure a top 5 position in the league and manage a full 80 minute performance.

Sammy Angell is back in contention this week, and makes his return from injury in the 2s, after impressing Russ Bolton with his new bleep test PB of level 3, joining fit again Jack Hill in an exciting backline, away at Redingensians. Luckily, Head Coach Bolton lost the video of the Newbury game, so Dave Cole keeps his place in the back row, alongside Ryan Long, who moves in from 13. Myke Parrott has recovered from his over-indulgence whilst trick or treating with his kids, and starts in the front row, alongside Mark and Andy Darlington (who both play for Holland).  

 

Forwards coach Mark Bates is a doubt for the game after buying his first iphone, and discovering Tube 8, whilst Meeester Gaweth is absent, and under suspicion for the kidnap and imprisonment of Max Roddick, rumoured to be keeping Fwankie company under a patio somewhere.

 

Maids team:

 

1.       M Parrott (c)

2.       M Darlington

3.       A Darlington

4.       L Leonard

5.       S Hallett

6.       R Long

7.       W Macaulay

8.       D Cole

9.       M Childerhouse

10.   W Runciman

11.   S Prince

12.   A French

13.   E Keohane

14.   G Blewitt

15.   P Jansen

16.   S Hyland

17.   W Cadden

18.   J Robinson

 

Brixham team:

 

1.       J Richards

2.       K Britton

3.       D Conner

4.       N Riley

5.       S Sheriff

6.       J Watson

7.       J Lovell

8.       S Thomas

9.       N Nash

10.   M Worthington

11.   JP Simonetti

12.   T Putt

13.   T McLean

14.   C Bedwell

15.   T Goodman

16.   R Morris

17.   K Kane

18.   K Murphy

 

Come on you Maids!

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