10:58AM, Monday 16 April 2018
Weston-Super-Mare RFC 45, Maidenhead RFC 17
Maidenhead succumbed to their 11th away defeat of their South West Premier campaign in losing at Weston-Super-Mare.
Their only victories on the road this season have come in the last minute at Bracknell and on the 3G pitch at Hornets.
This final trip and penultimate league match, saw Maids concede seven tries as the hosts led from start to finish.
Weston were ahead 26-5 at half time, having already bagged a bonus point for scoring four tries, while Maids only positive was when George Blewitt dotted down to reduce Weston’s early lead to two points.
The second half saw Weston go 33-5 in front before Maids finally strung some phases together from which Lewis Jones scored. Ed Keohane slotted the extras.
However, at 33-12, this did not open the door for Maids, indeed it was Weston who scored two more tries to ensure victory, avenging their 70-26 beating at Braywick in December.
Alex French crashed over in the corner in the final minutes for the visitors, their third try in another setback away from the comforts of home.
Maids, who remain fourth, complete their campaign at home to fifth-placed Camborne next Saturday.
This was the team they began their South West Premier adventure against more than seven months ago, a match they narrowly lost 30-27..
South West Premier results:
South West Division
Bournemouth 51, Newton Abbot 47
Bracknell 29, Brixham 25
Camborne 49, Hornets 7
Cleve 18, Ivybridge 20
Dings Crusaders 55, Lydney 17
Newbury Blues 25, Exmouth 24
Weston-s-M 45, Maidenhead 17
Windsor 35, High Wycombe 19
A bonus-point win for second-placed Windsor ensures they retain a one-point advantage over third-placed Buckingham going into their final match of the Southern Counties North season next Saturday.
Windsor remain second with 85 points, ahead of their home match with Reading Abbey, while Bucklingham, on 84 points, are away to Thatcham.
Beaconsfield have already won the division and automatic promotion, but a place in the play-offs awaits the team which finishes second.
Other local results:
Marlow 34, Royal Wootton Bassett 59
Drifters v Beaconsfield – away win
Chipping Norton 56, Phoenix 5
Farnham Royal 26, Harwell 46
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