Following a much-needed week off last Saturday, Maidenhead now embark on a run of 4 tough games in the lead up to Xmas, which sees them tackle Bournemouth, Bracknell, Weston Super Mare and Cleve. First up for the boys in magenta, is the visit of 3rd placed Bournemouth, who, after a nervy start, are one of the form sides in the division at the moment, and present the biggest threat yet, to Maids’ proud home record.

Head Coach Will Croker will be pleased with the progress of his experienced squad, with their target of a top 3 finish looking very achievable, and with 2 consecutive losses for Dings Crusaders, the gap to 2nd place now stands at just 5 points. The Lions, in their 125th year, are led by number 8 Joe Rees, one of many players in this Bournemouth side with significant 1st XV appearance records. Tight head prop Alan Manning, former skipper at Bournemouth for a decade actually played against Maids last time both sides were in this division, nearly 10 years ago. Any indiscipline from the home side in tomorrow’s fixture, will be duly punished by lethal goalkicker and fullback, Grant Hancox, whilst the half back pairing of Hardcastle and Davies at 9 and 10 respectively, is pivotal to how Lions play.

For Russ Bolton’s charges this week, there are wholesale changes, with returns from injury, players back from International duty and also David Cole, who felt 8am was too early for him to go to Newton Abbott, so opted for a lie in with his dogs. For this week’s preview, we caught up with young pervert, Scott Prince, to learn more about his weird little life…

*Name/nicknames- Prin, Prinney, Prinney Senior, Prin-Diesel, Rat, Dirty Dave, Flipper Boy.

*Position(s)- Wing

*Occupation- Currently working for my brother, learning how to con people out of money.

*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with, and why? Nic Jones aka Pig Dick, because he’s really boring, and would just talk about his horrible Mrs all day. ‘orrible little thing.

* Which Maids teammate would you most like to be stuck on a desert island with, and why? She’s not a teammate, but I’d choose my fit Aunty.

*What’s your favourite TV Programme? Shameless- reminds me of my living with my Dad.

*What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Spying on my fit Aunt and starting fights in the Rose.

*If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? Turtle- they always look monged, like me.

*What would you like to achieve this season, both personally, and as a team? Maintain my position in the team, and help finish in the top 6.

 

There is a welcome return to the 1st team this week for flanker Mike King, a real favourite of the local press, in particular, sports reporter Gary Copas. Mark and Andy Darlington (did you know they play for Netherlands?) are back in the squad after consecutive stag parties in Moldova and Switzerland, and William Cadden returns, after a couple of weeks rest, after being dumped by his new Mrs. At least he played it real cool, and didn’t cry…

Jaryd Robinson is back in the squad to face his old team, after exploratory (and unsuccessful) surgery, to try and widen the gap between his eyes, and Alex French will line up at number 12, where there are hopefully fewer opportunities for him to attempt studs-up, sliding tackles to cost us the game. Dom Birch will be greeting the Bournemouth supporters with some special Black Friday deals, where he’ll happily burn the food at no extra cost, and will keep the whole bar in complete darkness for the weekend. Jockstrap John, who has promised not to wash said Jockstrap until Maids lose at home will be running the line, and is available to both sides post-match for a beer-fuelled, monotonous rambling to give his ill-informed view of the game.

 

Maids team:

1.       M Parrott (c)

2.       M Darlington

3.       A Darlington

4.       L Leonard

5.       S Hallett

6.       W Cadden

7.       R Long

8.       D Cole

9.       M Childerhouse

10.   W Runciman

11.   J Robinson

12.   A French

13.   E Keohane

14.   S Prince

15.   P Jansen

16.   S Hyland

17.   M King

18.   S Angell

Bournemouth team:

1.       P Fraser

2.       F Wilford

3.       A Manning

4.       T Napier

5.       J Hennings

6.       D McDonald

7.       A Bennett

8.       J Rees (c)

9.       S Hardcastle

10.   A Davies

11.   D Stewart

12.   S Chislett

13.   D Kirkpatrick

14.   H Davis

15.   G Hancox

16.   L Firetto

17.   A Sutherland

18.   M Treloar

Come on you Maids!

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