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1st XV set up play-off place decider with Wellingborough; 2nd XV beat Earlsdon and 3rd XV beat OLs

Midlands 2 East (South)

Newbold on Avon 31

Market Harborough 3

When Newbold travelled to Harborough in the corresponding fixture at Christmas, the hospitality shown from the hosts was excellent, a great day was enjoyed by all, the only thing missing, was the most important part, the result on the pitch. Newbold lost 11-3, with what was to be their worst performance of the season, so this was the time to do something about it, writes Alan Bale.

Newbold were quick out of the starting blocks, as they worked through their phases, earning a penalty which Glen Bond kicked into the corner. Tom Newbold gathered the ball in from the line out and the powerhouse home pack drove straight through to register the first score, touched down by Danny Treharne. Bond converted from wide out and it was 7-0 in less than three minutes.

Harborough responded with a penalty five minutes later, but that was to be their only score of the day. It was all Newbold, as the second score was a repeat of the first from a driving maul and once more Treharne came up smiling to score his second as Bold went to 12-3. Lloyd Warner broke through the middle, but was stopped short.

A third penalty gave the same result as the ball was secured in the line out and the familiar forward trundle saw Treharne score his third try. Bond knocked over the conversion for 19-3 and half time. Newbold were completely dominant in the scrums which made it easy for the backs to keep putting them in strong attacking positions. A slight altercation saw Hyde and the Harborough second row yellow carded as the Leics side attempted to get into the game.

This was to no avail as Newbold went up the short side as Daz Dean claimed the bonus points score for 24-3. It was Ricky Lee who started the next move, Warner, Pollard, KJ Henry and Facer were all in support as the ball found Phil Reed who touched down with a cradle motion, a gesture of becoming a proud father of two-day-old Logan. Bond converted to make the final score a very comfortable 31-3. Harborough, to their credit never gave up and came close to scoring near the end. Man of the match was a joint affair this week, awarded to the recipients of their first team ties for achieving 20 games played, being KJ Henry and Lloyd Warner - very well done guys!

Team; Ricky Lee, Shaun Pollard, Lloyd Warner, Phil Reed, Tom Clarke, Glen Bond, Declan George, Eddie Allen, Daz Dean, Nick Walton(capt), Tom Newbold, Mark Hyde, Danny Treharne, KJ Henry, Danny Facer, Ben Nuttall, Micky Pails, Stuey Houghton.

Newbold’s season boils down to their next game a week on Saturday (April 5) v Wellingborough. Newbold are in second place and Wellingborough are in third, but the Parkfied Road side have a four point advantage. There will be a coach going as it’s vital we get as many supporters over there as possible. A play-off place is dependant on winning, it’s a massive game. Please contact the club if you are interested in going.

Newbold 2nd XV 38

Earlsdon 2nd XV 5

In what was a must-win game Newbold hosted a large Earlsdon team to Parkfield Road. Playing up the hill and against the wind it was Newbold who started badly with slack tackling and what seemed a non belief and Earlsdon opened the scoring with a well unconverted taken try. After giving themselves a dressing down Newbold galvanised and a scintillating run from wing Ed Scott ran the ball in from his own 10mtr line and Paul Spooner majestically stroked the ball between the uprights.

Indiscretion gave Newbold the next points with exquisitely stuck penalty and then Charlie Harness pounced to start stretching score line. Man of the match Rob Gee seized a loose ball and ran in a truly brilliant try helped by some sublime handling by the whole team.

Earlsdon’s heavy pack began to run the show at scrum time however equal to their shenanigans Connor Gallagher had other ideas, time and time again taking the ball on from back, crashing through tackles knocking players off their feet. With the score at 25 – 5 the ball was quickly flashed to Paul Bale who barnstormed his way through several tacklers to drive over for a brilliant individual try. Paul Spooner definitely with kicking boots on driving the conversion over to keep his 100% record for the day Newbold were out of sight. With less than 10 minutes to Earlsdon stuck back with a driving scrum and the converted try gave them some conciliation until Kyle Furlong launched his own attack running in from 30m out for Spooky to slot another conversion and bring the curtain on a hard earned victory.

At the end of a fascinating game Newbold had youth on their side with seven players from the youth squads on the pitch who equally all held their own at senior level, a true testament to the strength in depth Newbold now have. Newbold 2’s now go into their last league game of the season this Saturday against yet another hard team Old Sillhillians from Birmingham which will be a true battle for all involved.

Old Laurentians 3rd XV 0

Newbold-on-Avon 3rd XV 67

This was the first derby match between these local rivals. The weather changed just before the start, which somewhat changed Newbold’s attacking intent. Knock-ons and dropped balls in the first 15 minutes kept the home side in the game, the only score being Will Lord’s after some good rucking from Newbold’s forwards.

The sun then came out and the visitors clicked into gear, the set piece ball was good with Newbold’s front row well on top in the scrum. Ben Pelling was next on the score sheet after a typical barn storming run, conversion added by Martin Shaw. Newbold were now going through the phases well, with Si Smith and Dave Smith breaking tackles and from another quick ball from a ruck Lee Arbuthnot broke through to score conversion added. The forwards then decided they wanted a piece of the action and from a five metre line out Gurjit secured good ball and the eight drive Damo Gray over for a well deserved try for the pack, conversion missed. HT 0-24.

The second half started in bright sunshine and after a number of changes Newbold were ready to go again. From the restart Damo caught the ball and ran straight and hard he popped out of the other side and was away, he passed on to Ben Pelling to complete his brace conversion added by Martin. Two more scores in quick succession Dale Garlick in his first game went over along with the hard working Si Smith both converted by Martin.

Newbold’s backs were now firing and Many scored to cap a fine performance in his first senior game, Dale Garlick and Will Lord both added tries. Dave Smith added a much deserved try for the front row union. A fine performance from the Newbold threes and the strength in depth with the club was on show today.

Next week Newbold return to league action with a home game against Broadstreet. MOM Many Sidhu.