RUGBY: Lions and OLs beaten, big wins for Newbold and Saints

Max Titchener scoring for Newbold against Dronfield   PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER
Max Titchener scoring for Newbold against Dronfield PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Weekend round-up and a look ahead to next week

Saturday’s four home games threw up a couple of disappointing results, not least for league leaders Rugby Lions, who surprisingly lost 26-29 at Webb Ellis Road to 11th-placed Barkers Butts.

Supporters enjoying Newbold's 49-17 victory at Parkfield Road

Supporters enjoying Newbold's 49-17 victory at Parkfield Road

Lions are still top of Midlands 2 West (South) on 79 points, ahead of Spartans and Silhillians both on 75. At the weekend Sils beat Southam 74-15 and Spartans won 35-5 at Leamington.

This weekend all Rugby’s rugby teams are away from home, with Lions facing a trip to fourth-placed Berkswell and Balsall, who beat Pinley 26-21 away on Saturday.

Missing several key players, Old Laurentians went down 43-19 to Oadby Wyggestonians in an expectedly tough game at Fenley Field. Both teams needed to win this crucial fixture in their chase for the play-off place. It means OLs slip down to fifth place on 62 points with just three games to go.

The Midlands 2 East (South) table sees Peterborough sure of the automatic promotion spot on 86 points, with Wyggs second on 68, Oundle (who won 21-12 against Luton) third on 67 and Olney (who beat Market Harborough 29-27) fourth on 63.

Sam Herrington in Lions' defeat by Barkers Butts  PICTURE BY RAY ANDREWS

Sam Herrington in Lions' defeat by Barkers Butts PICTURE BY RAY ANDREWS

OLs’ next opponents Oakham (who beat Vipers 31-15) are sixth on 55. This weekend Oundle travel to Market Harborough and Wyggs host Olney.

On a much brighter note Newbold continued their dominance at the top of Midlands 1 East with a 49-17 win over 13th-placed Dronfield at Parkfield Road. They now have 105 points, with Kettering second on 96 and Old Northamptonians third on 87.

Newbold next travel to Huntingdon & District, who are fourth on 71 points, having won 22-5 at Melton Mowbray.

Rugby St Andrews enjoyed a 56-17 victory over bottom club Bedworth at John Tomalin Way. It lifts Saints up to sixth in Midlands 3 West (South) ahead of an incredibly tough run-in to the season.

Sam James with the ball for Lions on Saturday

Sam James with the ball for Lions on Saturday

They first visit leaders Droitwich, who won 71-14 at Old Wheatleyans, before hosting second-placed Evesham on April 8 and finishing the season at third-placed Ledbury on April 22.

Fourth-placed Rugby Welsh were without a Midlands 5 West (South) league game, but travel to fifth-placed Atherstone this Saturday. Atherstone lost 70-14 to second-placed Birmingham Civil Service at the weekend.

Rugby Welsh then have just one more game to play, on April 8 when they host league leaders Burbage at Alwyn Road.

Jordan Bunn in OLs' game at Fenley Field    PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Jordan Bunn in OLs' game at Fenley Field PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Sunshine at Fenley Field for OLs' big game with Oadby Wyggestonians

Sunshine at Fenley Field for OLs' big game with Oadby Wyggestonians