Rugby round-up: More away day blues for Maidenhead RFC
Witney 23, Maidenhead 8
Maidenhead ran in nine tries against Leighton Buzzard seven days ago, but could only notch one in a disappointing defeat to in-form Witney.
Maids failed to use the wind to their advantage in the first period and trailed 13-3 at the break, Tom Finnie scoring their points with a penalty.
The second half saw the hosts open with a try as Maids’ defence wilted, and although they did get on the scoreboard when Finnie scored an unconverted try in the final minutes, it was not enough to derail a Witney side which moved up to third in the South West 1 East table.
Maids, who dropped to sixth, have time to reflect on their poor form away from Braywick as they do not have a match until Saturday, February 13 when they entertain old adversaries Reading.
Oxford Harlequins 25, Windsor 10
Windsor were unable to break Oxford Harlequns’ impressive unbeaten home record at Marston Ferry Road.
It was the Royals’ third consecutive defeat on the road.
Eighth-placed Windsor are back on home soil for the visit of bottom-placed Swanage & Wareham in two weeks.
Thatcham 13, Marlow 6
Marlow suffered another setback in their inconsistent season in Southern Counties North when they lost to relegation-threateneded Thatcham.
It was a match the Bucks side might have expected to win as Thatcham had enjoyed just one victory all season going into the match.
In two weeks’ time, Marlow entertain bottom-placed Swindon College Old Boys.
Swindon College OB 29, Drifters 11
Having overcome relegation rivals Thatcham last week by one point, Drifters tripped up by producing a poor second half performance in losing to bottom-placed Swindon COB.
Drifters led 8-5 at the break, but could only add a penalty to their tally in the second period as the hosts won easily – just their second success of the campaign.
The result, and that of Thatcham who overcame Marlow (see above), leaves Drifters third from bottom on 20 points, just three above the relegaion zone.
Drifters are away to promotion hopefuls Aylesbury on Saturday, February 13.
Slough 47, Hungerford 10
The Greenies earned just their fourth victory of the BB&O Premier Division campaign when they blew away Hungerford.
Just two points separated the teams before the match, but Slough extended that top seven with a comfortable win which moves them up to eighth in the table.
They are away to Chipping Norton on Saturday.
Phoenix 75, Oxford 0
A comprehensive victory at Institute Road has secured promotion for BB&O Championship leaders Phoenix with two matches remaining.
They must now finish in the top two, and will secure top spot if they win their next match away at second-placed Didcot on Saturday, February 20.
Berkshire Shire Hall 0, Farnham Royal 89
Farnham Royal secured an emphatic victory over Berkshire Shire Hall in the BB&O Championship.
It took the Farnham Park team’s record this season to played 12, won six, lost six.
They are next in action on Saturday at home to Oxford.