RUGBY: Saturday’s fixtures

Rugby Lions v Long Buckby in the Junior Vase last week (picture by Ray Andrews)
Rugby Lions v Long Buckby in the Junior Vase last week (picture by Ray Andrews)

Back to league action after rest week

Old Laurentians 1st string had a blank Saturday last weekend but resume league action in Midlands One this Saturday when they travel to Burton in another critical encounter in their fight to maintain their league status.

Second placed Burton are locked in a battle with Hereford for the promotion play-off spot behind runaway leaders Lichfield, their hopes being jolted when they travelled to their nearest rivals last Saturday to lose a close match by 18-24.

In the reverse fixture at Fenley Field last November, OLs did everything but beat Burton, dominating the closing stages before going down by 6-10. So they can travel with justifiable optimism as the team has upped performance levels since then as it has returned to near full strength.

With no game last week, Newbold had an opportunity to take a much earned one-week breather as they face a critical run in to the end of the season.

This Saturday coming they play their last home match of the season against Market Harborough, a fixture they lost in the away league encounter, about three months ago.

One would like to think, that was a very different side to the one that has progressed today and Newbold would certainly expect a very different performance this time around.

The score then was 11-3, but Newbold need to win this and the two remaining away matches they have left, to secure runners-up spot in Midlands 2 East (South).

If they do this they will qualify for a ‘play off’ place and a chance of promotion. The remaining two matches are both away, the first to Wellingborough who are in third place, just four points behind Newbold and the only team that could overtake them, so a massive two weeks for Nick Walton’s team.

The final match will be against bottom of the table Northampton BBOB.

It’s a 3pm kick off this week, there will be around 100 Vice Presidents at a luncheon to receive this week’s opponents Market Harborough, please do your best to get to Parkfield Road to add your support.

Saints entertain Daventry, who sit one place above them in the table, and are keen to make amends for their dismal away performance. Neither side is in contention for promotion so this will be a battle for local pride.

Rugby Lions will try to raise a team of fit players for their league game away at Coventry Technical: Mitchell Avenue, Canley, (ko 3pm).

But at Webb Ellis Road there should be another exciting cup game for Lions supporters, when the Colts are at home against Nuneaton in the quarter-final of the Warwickshire Cup, kick-off 3pm.

Also in Midlands 5 West (South) Rugby Welsh are away to Copsewood.