RUGBY: Just three games to go - tension mounts for OLs and Newbold at top of table

Old Laurentians on their way to a 32-10 win over Droitwich  (picture by Mike Baker)
Old Laurentians on their way to a 32-10 win over Droitwich (picture by Mike Baker)

Title-chasing Lions warm up for Saturday’s cup final with an 85-3 league win

With the pressure rising with every game, Old Laurentians and Newbold stood firm again and won their respective matches on Saturday in their battle for the title.

Rugby Lions warmed up for next week's cup final with an 85-3 win over Atherstone (picture by Eric Wright)

Rugby Lions warmed up for next week's cup final with an 85-3 win over Atherstone (picture by Eric Wright)

They stay level on 86 points at the top of Midlands 2 West (South), with unbeaten OLs maintaining top spot by virtue of an extra win.

OLs beat seventh-placed Droitwich 32-10 at Fenley Field and Newbold won 43-3 at Parkfield Road against eighth-placed Spartans. The Rugby sides are now 24 points clear of Banbury in third place and have just two more games to help decide the outcome before they meet at Parkfield Road on April 11 in the final fixture of the campaign.

Rugby Lions at Webb Ellis Road, warmed up for next week’s cup final with an easy 85-3 victory over eighth-placed Atherstone in Midlands 4 West (South).

Lions keep up their 100 per cent record this season, and stretch their lead at the top of the table to 15 points.

Rugby St Andrews just lost out 11-12 to  Long Buckby at John Tomalin Way (picture by Mike Baker)

Rugby St Andrews just lost out 11-12 to Long Buckby at John Tomalin Way (picture by Mike Baker)

They now have 69 points, ahead of Evesham and Claverdon in second and third spot respectively, both on 54.

This Saturday (14th) Lions welcome Cleobury Mortimer to Webb Ellis Road for the RFU Midlands Junior Vase final. It’s a thrilling game in prospect, with holders Lions facing the Midlands 4 West (North) leaders, who have only lost one league game all season.

It was local derby day at John Tomalin Way for Rugby St Andrews and Long Buckby, with the visitors winning the closest of games 11-12. Saints stay third in Midlands 3 East (South) on 57 points, but Buckby in fourth on 54 are closing the gap. Leaders Rushden & Higham and Vipers are now seemingly out of sight on 71 points.

Rugby Welsh put in a very brave effort against Midlands 5 West (South) leaders Alcester, before going down 52-10 at Alwyn Road. Welsh are still fifth in the table.