RUGBY: Old Laurentians

Simon Bayliss
Simon Bayliss

OLs travel to Market Bosworth without Bayliss

Old Laurentians travel to Market Bosworth for a Midlands 1 game on Saturday for their first meeting for some years with the Leicestershire club. The home side moved across to the west from the eastern division for this season but retained their Midlands 1 status despite finishing second bottom in Midlands 1 East last season.

The form guide favours OLs as Market Bosworth were comfortably beaten in their first game by Malvern, OLs last opponents, and are pointless at the foot of the table. However, nothing will be taken for granted by an OLs side that should be closer to full strength for this match.

But they will have to take the field without Simon Bayliss, for when OLs star winger scored two tries against Malvern last Saturday it marked his last game in club colours for the foreseeable future, as he is moving away from Rugby and settling in the Maidenhead area. Bayliss has worked away from Rugby for the last two seasons and has been travelling back at weekends to play for OLs, but has now decided it is time to put down some roots in Berkshire as his partner is now working there as well.

After just two league games this season, Bayliss already leads the Midlands 1 try scoring table with five to his name, including a hat-trick against Lichfield two weeks ago.

He has been the club’s leading try scorer for the last seven seasons, always passing 25 tries for the season and rapidly approaching 200 in total, a remarkable achievement by any standard. He holds the try scoring record in a single match for the club’s 1st XV, set when he ran in six against Old Coventrians three years ago. Hat tricks are commonplace and four tries in a game not unusual for this prolific scorer. Very few players have matched his record nationally, such has been his consistency, and it will be a fortunate club who can call on his services from now on.