Maidenhead RFC 49 (28), Cleve RFC (17) 46
In kicking seven out of seven conversions and scoring a timely second half try, the performance of Ed Keohane was the key difference between the teams at Braywick today.
Last season Maids narrowly won this clash 41-39, but this contest was even more unpredictable, Maids scoring what proved to be the winning try with two minutes remaining.
But they got lucky and they know it.
Cleve, who unbelievably are yet to win this season, scored eight of the 15 tries, but importantly could only slot three conversions while Keohane was faultless.
Maids will be relieved to have won a match they looked to have lost for most of the second period after some core skills especially tackling deserted them and they literally played fast and loose in possession.
The turnover rate was alarming.
The first half saw Maids wrap up a bonus point and lead 28-17 after tries form Mike Davies, Tom King and two from Max Roddick.
However, even with the upper hand on the scoreboard and dominance in the scrum, Maids were flattered by the scoreline as the visitors from Bristol had dotted down three times and impressed with their pacy, fluent style loving the turnovers they were being presented with.
The first 15 minutes of the second period was a disaster for Maids as they chased shadows and barely touched the ball.
Cleve ran in three consecutive tries to lead 36-28 and at this point they had cornered the momentum and energy in the match.
The team's then traded two tries each Maids' coming from man of the match Keohane and Davies to leave the scoreline 46-42 in Cleve's favour with 10 minutes remaining.
To Maids' credit they found untapped reserves and pushed hard, twice putting themselves in good positions only to again squander possession.
But finally, from a 10-metre scrum after a Cleve player had taken the ball over his own tryline following Keohane's accurate grubber kick, Maids scored.
No.8 Dave Cole, who alongside others gave one of his least impressive performances in a Maids shirt, peeled off the back of the scrum to power over in the corner.
The nerveless Keohane slotted the conversion from the sldeline, and two minutes later it was all over.
Maids had won by three points, but few knew exactly how and even fewer believed they deserved it.
Maids are currently fifth in the South West Premier, with only Bournemouth and Ivybridge having 100 per cent winning records.
Maids head to the Forest of Dean on Saturday to face one of the division's new boys Drybrook who have won just once so far, an 18-17 home victory over Exmouth.