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Maidenhead RFC begin cup campaign with thrilling win over Bedford Athletic

Maidenhead RFC made a thrilling start to their Papa Johns Cup group matches on Saturday, defeating Bedford Athletic 37-36 at Braywick Park to boost their chances of qualifying for the latter stages of the competition.

After a three-week break following the conclusion of their Regional 1 South Central campaign, some of the Maidenhead players were back in action in this fun, but competitive, cup competition.

With many of the early group games either postponed, or awarded to the home or away side, it seems that many clubs aren’t attaching too much importance to these RFU led competitions, however, Maids and Bedford at least turned up, fielded teams and served up a feast of spring entertainment for the crowd at Braywick Park.

David Mobbs-Smith’s side will next visit league rivals London Welsh on Saturday, having been beaten 20-10 by Welsh in the final game of the league season less than a month ago. They then round off their group games with a home game against Tunbridge Wells and the top side in their Regional 1 Plate Pool 4 pool moves on to the knock-out phases. Last week chairman Steve Bough said the competition would present opportunities for players to stake their claim for a first XV place next season. He said the aim was to put a decent squad forward for most games and to have some late season fun. however, far they manage to progress.

Windsor were also expected to take part in the end of season competition, but their first Regional 2 South Shield – Round 1 pool match away to Devizes didn’t take place with the home side awarded the victory.

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