Oxford Harlequins 21 (7), Maidenhead RFC 36 (24)
Regardless of their flawed performance at Oxford Harlequins, Maidenhead enjoyed virtually the perfect outcome on this pivotal day in the South West 1 East title race; bagging a bonus point win while seeing nearest rivals Old Patesians lose to Newbury.
The upshot is that Maids are now odds-on favourites to finish top, realistically needing two wins from their last three matches which are at home to relegated Reading, away to Reading Abbey and then climaxing at home to Royal Wootton Bassett.
Dick of the Day - Lewis Jones
At Marston Ferry Road, Maids stitched together a patchy display against a powerful, in-form Harlequins side which has seen them lose just one of their previous nine matches.
To Maids' credit they turned in a solid first half effort despite going up hill and into a strong wind, slowly strangling the life out of Quins who had taken an early lead through Huw Dimond.
Maids made the most of their possession to score four tries through well executed moves from Tom Finnie, Ed Keohane, Scott Prince and Perry Jansen.
The 24-7 lead at the break should have set them up for a rampant second half with a tiring Harlequins side up against the elements.
Initially, that's how it proved with the excellent Frank O'Keefe grabbing try No.5 for the visitors.
However the hosts showed their form and power, and knowledge of how to play on their ground in those conditions, by snatching two tries of their own scored by Adam Neal and Sam Watkinson.
With Quins enjoying most of the possession and pressure, and the gap between the teams just 10 points, Maids did not put the result beyond doubt until the final play of the match when Finnie finished off a counter-attack with his second try.
He missed the extras, to leave his conversion rate at 50 percent, but his commitment, like every Maids player, especially those who seemed to playing with injuries or running on empty, was 100 per cent.