Maidenhead RFC close in on South West One East title with victory over Salisbury
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MAIDENHEAD RFC are just three wins away from securing the South West One East title after a 23-12 victory at second placed Salisbury on Saturday.
The win against Salsibury, who were previously unbeaten at home, extends Maidenhead's incredible league winning streak to 13 and opens up an eight point gap at the top of the division with just four matches remaining.
Stalwart second row Mark Mueller scored the only try of the game after half an hour as Dave Hodgson and later Matt Wells' accurate kicking sealed the crucial victory.
Maidenhead turn their attentions to Berkshire Cup action on Tuesday when they travel to rivals Reading (8:15pm kick off), and are not back in league action until March 24 when they welcome Swanage & Wareham to Braywick Park (3pm).
Elsewhere, WINDSOR RFC continued their push for promotion from Southern Counties North with a comfortable 36-5 win against Wallingford at Home Park.
Paul Britton's men remain six points behind leaders Beaconsfield and host second placed Milton Keynes on March 24 (3pm).
SLOUGH will want to put their crushing 75-5 defeat at Beaconsfield behind them quickly when they make the short trip to rivals Tadley in the Berkshire Plate on Saturday (2:15pm).
DRIFTERS RFC continued to close in on the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier Division title with 24-15 victory over Berkshire rivals Hungerford at One Pin Lane on Saturday.
Now 13 points clear of second placed Thatcham, Drifters require three wins from their remaining four league fixtures to complete an incredible league and cup double having already lifted the Southern Counties Vase this year.
The Farnham Common based side travel to Swindon College Old Boys on March 24 (2:30pm).
Finally, PHONEIX's battle against relegation took another blow after a 25-15 home defeat to Gosford All Blacks.
The loss keeps the Taplow based side in the bottom two and they must now beat either fellow strugglers Littlemore at Institute Road on March 31 (3pm), or win at Princess Risborough on April 14 to avoid relegation into the Championship.
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