Since stepping into the league structure the Gladies were somehow winless, having put in two strong and brave performances in competitive defeats to sides who had hammered their previous opposition. Charley Miller had taken the captaincy on earlier in the week and there was a palpable determination at kick off. From the start Hackney were on top.

The pack carried strongly, with No.8 Emma Middleton and prop Sam Leech to the fore, while out wide fly half Sophie Campbell had the back line asking all sorts of questions. And it was Campbell who opened the scoring, Hackney worked hard to get into Maidenhead's 22 but the strike move seemed to break down. Seemed to. A pass missed it's intended target, the defence stuttered and Campbell swooped. Leetch scored the second try, carrying for the final few metres of some impressive attacking play by the pack at the fringes. Defensively Hackney were also putting the squeeze on. Lock Sarah Larence, prop Sam Shirley and the centre pairing of Lydia Meeson and Helen Doig were repelling anything Maidenhead threw at them with some huge hits. It was this defensive pressure that led to the third Hackney try of the half; backtracking, Maidenhead tried to force the pass and Campbell again was one page ahead of everyone else, intercepting a hasty offload to touch down between the posts.

Then the whistle blew for half time and two completely different sides seemed to take the field. Maidenhead dominated possession, got the shove on at the scrum and started finding holes in the Hackney defence. Time and time again they attacked the Gladies try line, and time and time again they were stopped in their tracks. But a mixture of indiscipline and mistakes kept the pressure on, a missed tackle (probably the first from the Gladies all game) and then a quick tapped penalty saw Maidenhead score twice and with both converted there were only 3 points in it and ten minutes to go.

And then, fortunately the real Gladies were back. Substitutes Lydia Walker, Gill Thurlow and flanker Flic Auer put in some juddering tackles, captain Miller and centre Meeson turned Maidenhead over over and over again, and the back line were making ground with ball in hand. With minutes to go Maidenhead's centre broke down field and looked to have scored, but Campbell, tackling the player behind the try line, managed to force the ball from her hand and somehow Hackney were still ahead. The away side kept fighting, but Hackney were edging down field, and while exhausted legs weren't able to make it over the try line they did enough to pin Maidenhead down and secure their first win in the league.

This was the best game the Gladies have played in their season and a bit as a team. Every player stood up and you'd never guess so many are so new to the game. The new captain and vice captain (Miller and flanker Kat Barber) drove the team forward, as did the soon to depart former captain Middleton. But for her constant and crucial defensive work and determined hard running WOTM went to Lydia Meeson. It wasn't just her best game in a Hackney shirt, it was one of the best performances any of the girls have given.