RUGBY: Just three games to go for Newbold and Old Laurentians to decided title

Mark Hyde in Newbold's win over third-placed Banbury at the end of January   (PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER)
Mark Hyde in Newbold's win over third-placed Banbury at the end of January (PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER)

Newbold host Old Eds on Saturday after Vice Presidents’ lunch

It could not be simpler for Newbold on Avon RFC – win your last three games and you finish as champions. That’s the situation for the Parkfield Road side, writes Alan Bale.

Skipper Daniel Facer scoring against Banbury at Parkfield Road

Skipper Daniel Facer scoring against Banbury at Parkfield Road

This season they have played some outstanding rugby for the best part and really deserve to be in this exciting position. They sit level on points with Old Laurentians who have one win more than them, but both sides have three games left that will decide the league placings. There is no doubt that the best two sides are at the top of the table with some 26 points between them and third placed Banbury, so are both out of sight. One of them will be champions and the other facing a play-off place.

Newbold face up against Nuneaton Old Eds at home, followed by another tough game at Old Coventrians, whilst OLs have a trip to Leamington, then host Malvern before what could be a grandstand finale at Parkfield Road, and the not to be missed showdown on April 11.

Of course, Newbold will be focusing on winning the next game which is this Saturday against Old Eds, in front of their vice presidents, who will be sitting down for lunch before the 3pm kick off. Old Eds have had a mixed season, but are dangerous opponents, not to be underestimated. Last week they just lost out to fourth place Malvern and supporters will remember that Old Eds played well against them earlier this season, before Newbold ran out comfortable winners.

On March 28, Newbold travel just up the road to Old Coventrians, another side who have had a mixed season, but are a tough side at home and will be wanting to impress their own vice presidents.

Win your last three games and you finish as champions

Alan Bale - Newbold on Avon RFC

Having won 17 of their 19 games and OLs with one more win, Newbold’s points record is particularly impressive – a massive 786 points for and just 183 against. That’s a difference of well over 600. OLs’ difference is good at just over 300, but just doesn’t compare to the Parkfield Road side. There could be potential banana skins, of course, for both sides before April 11 , but my bet is that it will still be all to play for come the day. Cometh the day, cometh the Newbold side I reckon, but I’m bound to say that!

But what I would say to all those Bold supporters out there, is that there has never been a better opportunity or time to get down to Parkfield Road and support your club. Try to make it for the last three games and you will not regret it. It’s going to be a fantastic climax to the season, come and be a part of it at Newbold RFC. You will be most welcome.