11:03AM, Thursday 19 September 2019
Maidenhead centre Ed Keohane proved he was the man for the big occasion as he held his nerve to seal the club’s dramatic win over Exeter University on Saturday.
Maids were trailing 43-38 in the final seconds of the contest but Keohane, who’d had a mixed game to that point, refused to accept defeat – barging his way over for a try before kicking the resulting conversion.
Exeter gave every bit as much to the contest as Maidenhead, and will have been distraught to have lost the game on the very last kick.
But, as Maidenhead coach Will Greenwood said afterwards, ‘they’ll take some teams to the cleaners’ this season.
“The scoreboard was wrong so I knew we had drawn so I had nothing to lose really,” he said.
“It was a case of get your head down, strike it right and hope for the best really. Days like these, that’s what you play for.
“We knew it would be us and them (Exeter) for the season really. They gave us two good runs last season so we knew what was coming.
“I think we fronted up. There were a couple of missed tackles but our defensive systems worked. We fell off a few but we’ll put that right next time. The boys fronted up and showed some really good fitness.”
Marlow RFC claimed a thoroughly convincing 28-7 victory over Reading at Riverwoods on Saturday to avenge their final day defeat to the same side last season.
A 13-10 reversal on the final day really stung Marlow as they narrowly missed out on a play-off place in April. But there were no hangovers from the previous campaign as Rory Greenslade-Jones’ men opened up with a bonus point victory.
It may be early days but it was also enough to lift the side to the top of Southern Counties North ahead of Saturday’s trip to Reading Abbey.
Windsor’s first home game of the season ended in defeat as they went down by 47-24 points against Oxford Harlequins.
Jack Pattinson’s side are looking to establish themselves in South West 1 East following last season’s promotion from the Southern Counties league.
But it’s not been the best of starts for the new coach and his players. Last weekend they were hammered 60-15 by the early league leaders, while Oxford Harlequins have also won both of their opening matches and sit third.
Conversely, Windsor – who have overhauled their training structure this summer – are second bottom of the table with only Salisbury below them.
A thrilling game of rugby saw Slough slip to a 38-31 defeat at Chipping Norton in the BB&O Premier on Saturday.
The Greenies might have tasted defeat but collected two bonus points for their efforts, and because of that sit sixth in the table.
They’ll be looking to get their first win under their belts in Saturday’s derby with Drifters at Tamblyn Fields.
Drifters kicked off their Premier Division campaign in fine style with a 28-10 win over Oxford.
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