Maidenhead 27 (12), Lydney 21 (7)
Maidenhead recorded a historic, if unmemorable, 30th consecutive league victory at Braywick with an underwhelming performance against relegation strugglers Sydney.
The visitors, having moved off the bottom of the South West Premier Division table the previous week following a crucial win over rivals Hornets, produced a committed, spirited display which belied their lowly position in the table.
showed plenty of energy and intent,
especially in the first half, and,
in the wet conditions, ran their hosts
closer than most teams have managed
this season. Maids, by their own impeccable
standards at home, were off the pace
in the first 40 minutes missing
the counter-attacking threat of
Jaryd Robinson at fullback who went
off with a shoulder injury after a
only took some semblance of control
in the second period. Lydney pocketed
the lead on four minutes when No.5
Dave Bennett crashed over following
a lineout. Ollie Lock converted the
extras. In a scrappy first half, Maids
did just enough with the possession
they had to end the half 12-7
Hooker Mark Darlington scored on nine minutes from close range as he was driven over by Maids' pack, and then on 30 minutes more Maids pressure this time three successive scrums led to the awarding of a penalty try.
Maids were more dominant after half-time, No.8 Dave Cole coming on as an impact sub and soon making his presence felt.
On 55 minutes winger Scott Prince pounced on a grubber kick from Keohane to give Maids some breathing space despite Keohane's conversion attempt bouncing off the upright.
However, 17-7 quickly became 17-14 as Maids' errors were punished by Lydney.
First, Keohane failed to find touch from a penalty, and the clearance from Lydney was then dropped in midfield by Cole.
The visitors made the most of these self inflicted wounds with a tap-and-go penalty from their own half which impressive winger Reuben Haile finished well.
Lock converted successfully.
In an edgy climax to the match, in which there were more spills than thrills, Simon Churchyard off-loaded for Cole who bagged Maids' fourth try and secure a bonus point.
Keohane's precise conversion made it 24-14.
The centre later added a penalty to extend the lead by three more points.
But Lydney refused to give up, earning themselves a bonus point for finishing within seven points of their hosts by scoring a pushover try against the foot of the post in the final play of the game.
Lock was credited with the touchdown and the conversion which ended the scoring on 27-21.
This low-key, nervy encounter will not be remembered for long by Maids' players or spectators, but the hosts did enough to grab another bonus-point success and maintain their prized home form.
Maids are still fourth in the table, but level on points with third-placed Newton Abbot.