Maidenhead 29pts Weston 31pts

A 16-POINT haul for Glenn Dickson, a rare try by David Price and an outstanding performance by Kirk Middlemiss went a long way towards Weston's narrow victory over Maidenhead at Braywick Park.

A 16-POINT haul for Glenn Dickson, a rare try by David Price and an outstanding performance by Kirk Middlemiss went a long way towards Weston's narrow victory over Maidenhead at Braywick Park.

But for the first 50 minutes the Seasiders had looked out of sorts, and with the hosts leading by 29-10, they looked to be heading for defeat against their already relegated opponents.

In the sixth minute, Alex Cannon ran in Maidenhead's first try, but Middlemiss' long run, supported by David Burge, gave Dickson the chance to kick a 27-metre penalty.

Maidenhead went further ahead with a try by Alex Gaallina, converted by Cannon, but Middlemiss was soon in action again with a 50-metre run which resulted in Dickson's try at the posts. The New Zealander added the goal points but Weston's tackling was less than good, and when a defensive kick failed to find touch, Maidenhead went to 19-10 when Cannon converted Ryan Long's try. Then, in the 39th minute, Cannon added a penalty following a poor clearance.


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The hosts continued their assault and a minute into the second half they scored a good try through Scott Harris, again converted by Cannon.

The Seasiders were now 19 points adrift and looked beaten, but five minutes later came the turning point when home hooker Karl Clarke was yellow carded and this sparked Weston's recovery.

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George Sparks opted for a penalty scrum and Andrew Richards eventually dived over for Dickson to convert and as the Seasiders continued to use their extra man, Sparks touched down his team's third try from a pushover scrum.

Dickson's third conversion followed, but Maidenhead, who hardly had the look of a relegated side, persisted, and Middlemiss had to be on hand to arrest a dangerous situation.

Then, in the 74th minute, the 21-year-old wing completed some sterling work on the right flank before the ball was re-cycled to Price who found himself in the centre.

With Paul Sprague ready and waiting on the left wing, Price surprised everyone with his deft dummy as he ran past Matt Wells to level the scores. Dickson, with his unerring accuracy, landed the crucial conversion to win the match.

In the closing stages, Maidenhead upped the ante and Weston escaped when Evans knocked-on with the line at his mercy.

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