Maids will be striving to achieve a first for them this season on Saturday- 3 consecutive wins. After their primary win on ‘grass’ this campaign, away to Berks rivals Bracknell, a return to Fortress Braywick, sees the final game of the first half of the season against Weston Super Mare.
The visitors this week, come into the match as the form side of the division, currently on a 4 match win streak, looking to end Maids’ fine home run. As appears to be the way with many teams in this division, Weston have a former Premiership professional in their ranks, centre Glenn Dickson, formerly of Otago and Northampton Saints is player-coach and an extremely accomplished kicker, James McKay, at 10 is a familiar face, having played when Maids last featured at this level. Upfront promises to be a particularly intriguing encounter, with both teams having enjoyed dominance at scrum time, and Weston will look to captain Sam Coles, and fellow prop Ollie Streeter to stop the Maidenhead juggernaut, which has proved to be such a weapon already.
Maids left it late to overcome hosts Bracknell last week, scoring with the last play to secure a BP win, and break Bracknell hearts. In truth, the margin should have been greater- 2 intercept tries for the home team, several missed kicks at goal, and a failure to have scrum infringements suitably penalised, all contributed to a scoreline which was far closer than it should have been, but credit must go to the home team, for their brutal defence, which repelled much of what came at them.
Jose Bolton has rolled the dice again this week, making a few changes to the squad, and one man who has earnt himself a starting spot, after impressing off the bench, is Alex French, who we asked a few questions of, to learn a little more about the strange Northern ginger centre.
*Name/nicknames- ‘Alex French’, ‘Frenchie’, ‘Frencho’, ‘Fat Jonny Bairstow’, ‘Adam French’s Rubbish Brother’, ‘Bad Genes’.
*Position(s)- Centre, wing, bench, face down on Sharlene’s massage bed, 2nd row protégé.
*Occupation- PE (Premature Ejaculation) Teacher
*Which Maids teammate would you least like to be stuck on a desert island with, and why? Ed Keohane- as much as I like the guy, I don’t understand a word he says.
* Which Maids teammate would you most like to be stuck on a desert island with, and why? Coley- I feel the odour of cats and dogs would deter other predators and keep us safe.
*What’s your favourite TV Programme? Really into Police Interceptors- good to see my mates from back home.
*What hobbies do you have outside of rugby? Suckling and milking my Mrs’ huge udders, and watching videos of puppies which Pig Dick tags me in.
*If you could be any animal, what would you be and why? I’d be a meerkat, so I could ride Pumba Jones round the clubhouse.
*What would you like to achieve this season, both personally, and as a team? Personally, establish myself as a first team regular. As a team, finish top 6, and keep the home record.
Mark Childerhouse has been given the week off by Russell Bolton, so he can go and buy an engagement ring, before proposing to Amy over Xmas, whilst William Cadden has somehow managed to cling onto his new fit Mrs, but is on borrowed time until he is dumped again, no doubt. Ryan Long has promised to leave Smokey Joes before the 5am close this Friday night/Saturday morning, and Myke Parrott has been restricted to just the 3 Xmas sandwiches for breakfast. Perry Jansen switches to scrum half this week, and will look gorgeous after a Saturday AM fake tan session with Will Greenwood, and George Blewitt has promised the Maids fans he’ll be performing his new try celebration routine, featuring a picture of his labra-poodle on his under armour, should he cross the whitewash.
Maids team (numbers in brackets denotes 1st XV caps)
1. M Parrott (c) (166)
2. M Darlington (12)
3. A Darlington (12)
4. S Hallett (13)
5. L Leonard (11)
6. W Cadden (69)
7. R Long (91)
8. D Cole (9)
9. P Jansen (75)
10. W Runciman (13)
11. S Prince (23)
12. A French (5)
13. E Keohane (76)
14. G Blewitt (6)
15. J Robinson (13)
16. S Hyland (5)
17. A McGregor (2)
18. S Angell (5)
1. Coles (c)
10. J McKay
14. R McKay
Come on you Maids!!!