RUGBY: Lions through to Midlands cup final and Newbold bounce back in league

Josh Lockley and Ash Williams in Lions' cup semi-final win      PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER
Josh Lockley and Ash Williams in Lions' cup semi-final win PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Top-of-the-table game for Old Laurentians at home this weekend

Rugby Lions beat Coalville 34-17 in the semi-final of the RFU Midlands Intermediate Cup at Webb Ellis Road on Saturday. In the other semi-final Spartans and Silhillians were level at 25-25 after extra time, with Silhillians going through as the away team.

Callum Tucker touches down in Lions' 34-17 win

Callum Tucker touches down in Lions' 34-17 win

Lions are top of Midlands 2 West (South) with a 100 per cent record and 57 points from 12 games. Silhillians are second on 51 after two defeats and Spartans third on 48. Coalville are mid-table in Midlands 2 East (North).

This weekend (21st) Lions are back in league action with a trip to sixth-placed Malvern.

After their unexpected defeat at Lutterworth last weekend Newbold were back to winning ways with a 32-12 result over Market Rasen & Louth at Parkfield Road.

It keeps Newbold four points ahead of Old Northamptonians at the top of Midlands 1 East, with 71 points to ONs’ 67.

Ben Dawes in Newbold's win over Market Rasen & Louth   PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Ben Dawes in Newbold's win over Market Rasen & Louth PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

This weekend Newbold are away at fifth-placed Melton Mowbray, who lost 34-17 to ninth-placed Wellingborough on Saturday.

With the lower divisions experiencing a free weekend from league fixtures, they are all back in competitive action this Saturday.

There’s an exciting top-of-the-table game in prospect at Lime Tree Avenue on Saturday, in Midlands 2 East (South). Old Laurentians are at home at Fenley Field to league leaders Peterborough. OLs are second, just one point ahead of Oundle who beat them 30-25 in their last outing.

Fresh from their 20-7 win over Manor Park, Rugby St Andrews hope to maintain that form when they travel to Old Coventrians, who are fifth in Midlands 3 East (South), two places above Saints.

Newbold's KJ Henry and Lloyd Warner in Saturday's win at Parkfield Road

Newbold's KJ Henry and Lloyd Warner in Saturday's win at Parkfield Road

Old Coventrians were beaten 17-10 last week by ninth-placed Old Wheatleyans.

In Midlands 5 West (South) Rugby Welsh are at home at Alwyn Road to Birmingham Exiles. Exiles are third in the table and Welsh, fifth.

Last time out Welsh were beaten 31-8 by a strong Birmingham Civil Service side and Exiles were awarded the win over bottom club Copsewood.