County pair still on course for final-day showdown

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby'S&L score a try

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby'S&L score a try

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The battle for promotion from Midlands Three East (South) is bubbling up nicely.

Victories for both Stewarts & Lloyds and Rushden & Higham mean the last-day, winner-takes-all showdown between the clubs still looks like it will happen.

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby

S&L were comfortable 44-7 winners over strugglers Long Buckby while Rushden made harder work of a trickier tie.

They edged past Stockwood Park 14-13 ensuring they took the points from a difficult encounter.

Kettering’s recent good form was halted when they entertained Ilkeston.

The Derbyshire side, who are never easy opponents, were too strong and claimed the Midlands One East spoils with a 20-13 success.

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby'S&L score a try

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby'S&L score a try

Wellingborough looked to have bagged a valuable win in Midlands Two East (South) only to be denied at the last.

They led 16-15 going into injury-time but a Bugbrooke penalty in the third-minute of stoppage-time meant the rewards went to the south of the county.

Bugbrooke had taken a 10-0 with two unconverted tries inside the first 15 minutes.

Boro’s fly-half Tom Mair cut the lead back with a well-taken penalty but the visitors got another try before the break.

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby

Men's Rugby: 'S&L (black strip) v Long Buckby

With the half-time approaching Steven Gall produced a trademark interception and carried the ball right into the visitors’ 22 before offloading to winger Darrell Reynard for the score.

The second half belonged to the hosts but good defence kept them out.

Eventually forward Rob Owen crossed in the corner but the conversion was missed leaving them 15-13 behind.

Mair then kicked a penalty with only a few minutes remaining only for the Bugbrooke kicker to land his first successful kick with the game’s last bit of action.

Corby finished up bottom of Midlands Four East (South) after losing their rock-bottom showdown with Stamford College Old Boys.

Stamford started the livelier of the two teams and their forwards scored a well worked try by pushing Corby back over their own try line.

Corby woke up and began to get back into the game.

They pressed the home team and spent long periods in possession without any reward.

Then, 20 minutes into the half, the forwards applied significant pressure and this time they were rewarded when Oliver Pegg grounded his first try for the club.

Stamford then took hold of the game again and came close on several occasions and right on the end of the half they scored an unconverted try to make it 12-5 at the break.

Corby really went for it in the second half but it was not until the 70th minute when Andy Findley jnr went over.

They could not convert and, despite a frantic last 10 minutes, were unable to add another score and claim the win.

Thorney were too strong for Oundle and won 10-0 but there was reason to celebrate for the Old Grammarians.

They collected just their third win of the season with an excellent 17-3 win over Aylestone Athletic.