12:00PM, Friday 22 April 2022
Maidenhead RFC will finish off a season of steady and sustained improvement when they visit North Walsham on Saturday.
It's apt that Maids should bring the curtain down on their London & South East Premier Division campaign at Walsham, having kicked off the campaign against the same side back in September.
On that occasion they lost 24-21 and were undone by some sloppy handling errors that handed Walsham the initiative and - while both sides have improved dramatically since then - Maids will be keen to show Walsham just how much they've progressed in the past few months.
A week last Saturday they were unfortunate to lose 22-15 to leaders Sevenoaks. The pacesetters breathing a huge sigh of relief after scoring the decisive try with virtually the last play of the game.
Maids can't rise any higher than eighth, but they can still be caught by Sidcup, while Walsham still have an outside opportunity of pipping second placed Dorking on the final day.
In South West 1 East, Windsor will finish off their campaign with a home game against Beaconsfield. The Royals were beaten 47-36 by Beaconsfield on the opening day of the season and both will be keen to serve up similar entertainment at Home Park.
It's been a challenging season for Windsor who look set to finish 11th in the table, however, they could fall as low as 13th - second bottom - should they lose, and other results go against them.
Marlow signed off their Southern Counties North season with a morale-boosting 61-12 win at Gosford All Blacks on Saturday.
Marlow have performed admirably well for much of the season. and were pushing for a top four finish just a few weeks ago, however, injuries and unavailability have counted against them, and a series of poor displays has seen the side fall to seventh in the table.
However, they've rediscovered a little form in the past few weeks, defeating the then leaders Reading 27-17 and running in a raft of tries to round off the campaign with victory over second from bottom Gosford, one of their biggest wins of the season.
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