03:00PM, Friday 08 November 2019
Few predicted Weston-super-Mare would be sitting pretty at the top of the South West Premier in early November.
The signs of improvement were there for all to see at the back end of last season, but Maids captain Myke Parrott is confident his side can get the better of them on Saturday.
And few teams are given an easy ride when they come to play at Braywick Park.
“It’s a big game,” said Parrott.
“They’re top of the league. And there weren’t that many people who foresaw that in the summer.
“I thought they’d do well, because they went on a great run at the end of last season and beat us 24-14 at Braywick and were outstanding that day.
“They’ve had a great start but it’s a huge game for us after what’s been a rocky start.
‘Rocky’ is how Parrott describes Maidenhead’s start to the campaign but, despite suffering three unexpected and unwanted losses already, they’re still in fourth and not too far behind the league’s pace setters.
“It’s definitely been a rocky start for us,” he said.
“I don’t think anyone expected us to have three losses at this stage and it’s certainly not what we wanted. But it’s a bonkers league, everyone is capable of beating everyone.
“I don’t think anyone expected Barnstaple to lose to Ivybridge. I think it will be a case of which team puts the best run together and hopefully it’s us.”
Windsor will be looking to avoid an eighth defeat of the campaign when they visit Marlborough on Saturday.
Jack Pattinson’s side have shown signs of improvement following their promotion to South West 1 East last season.
But they’ve managed only one win from their eight matches so far, a 33-21 success against Salisbury, the only side below them in the table.
Marlborough will prove awkward opponents however, particularly away from home. They’ve won their last two matches against Beaconsfield and Chippenham and sit fifth in the table.
Windsor come into the clash off the back of a disappointing 23-10 defeat at home to Sherborne.
Marlow RFC coach Rory Greenslade-Jones is confident his side’s form will turn a corner in the coming weeks, starting at home to eighth placed Bicester on Saturday.
After a promising start to the campaign, which saw the side win their first three matches, Marlow have been stuttering of late, with the side losing their last three games on the spin.
The last of which was a narrow 13-10 defeat at Aylesbury but Greenslade-Jones saw enough in his side’s display to suggest things will improve.
Slough travel to Oxford this weekend looking to bounce back from their 41-29 home defeat to Milton Keynes last time out.
The Greenies lost their third match of the season against Milton Keynes but sit slap bang in the middle of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier in sixth. Ninth placed Oxford have won only two of their six matches so far.
Just below them in 10th are Drifters who host Wheatley on Saturday off the back of their crushing 48-0 defeat to Chipping Norton.
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