RUGBY: Wins for Newbold, Saints and Welsh

Lloyd Warner in Newbold's 49-10 win over Wellingborough  PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER
Lloyd Warner in Newbold's 49-10 win over Wellingborough PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER
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Lions awarded game as Pershore fail to raise a team

Third-placed Newbold maintained their excellent run in Midlands 1 East, beating Wellingborough 49-10 at Parkfield Road.

Paddy Larchet in Lions friendly with Earlsdon  PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER

Paddy Larchet in Lions friendly with Earlsdon PICTURE BY MIKE BAKER

Wellingborough are now seventh. This weekend Newbold play their re-arranged game at Matlock, who beat Old Laurentians 21-19 on Saturday, lifting them up to 12th in the 14 teams. Disappointed OLs stay bottom. This weekend OLs travel to fourth-placed Kettering for their rearranged game.

Rugby St Andrews climbed to fifth in Midlands 3 East (South) after their 42-39 win at 11th-placed St Ives.

Rugby Lions played a hastily organised friendly against Earlsdon 2nds after league opponents Pershore pulled out of their fixture, unable to raise a team.

Pershore are currently bottom of Midlands 3 West (South) and the awarded points lift Lions to second in the table on 56 points, just one point behind leaders Evesham on 57.

Old Coventrians - Lions’ opponents away this Saturday in a re-arranged game - are third with 53 with Ledbury and Southam both on 52.

In other games played in the division, Cheltenham North beat Old Coventrians 30-26, Evesham beat Ledbury 23-8 and Southam beat Old Leamingtonians 32-29.

Rugby Welsh recorded a fantastic five-point win over Birmingham Exiles, switching places with them to go third in Midlands 5 West (South). This weekend Welsh play a Clonmel Cup game at Alwyn Road against Long Buckby 2nds, kicking off at 2.15pm.