Eagles soar as Swifts become their prey

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A stunning performance from Oundle saw them demolish league leaders Bedford Swifts.

An exceptional display brought the Eagles a 43-0 success and ensured their opponents drop down to third in Midlands Four East (South).

Head coach Peter Croot said: “This was a real squad performance from 1-20. Everyone played their part.

“Swifts were no mugs and their tackling and defence were hard to break down.

“But with our lads being all on top of their games I think we were irresistible.

“The performance level was constant throughout the whole 80 minutes.

“The downside was our penalty count, we must learn to adapt to referees, if we had got this right, then it could have been more.”

The seven-try rout came courtesy of scores for Ross Murray, Lee Green, Lewis Robinson, Toby Snelling (2), Sean Murray and Eddie King.

To say things did not go so well for Corby in the same division is something of an understatment.

They were thumped 114-7 by Long Buckby who took their chance to take over at the top.

Corby had been in some decent form recently and were arriving confident of causing an upset.

However, it was not to be.

“There is not a lot I can say about this game,” manager Ricky Egan explained.

“Each and every one of us is totally dejected about the result.

Action from Market Harborough's win over Wellingborough in Midlands Two (Pictures by Andrew Cooper)

Action from Market Harborough's win over Wellingborough in Midlands Two (Pictures by Andrew Cooper)

“We missed some key players but that is no way an excuse for the outcome.

“We came against a well-drilled side that where more than a match for us in every department.

“I spoke to one of their guys after the game and he told me that the majority of the side have come through the junior ranks together from the age of 10.

“It would seem all those years together have paid dividends.

“We have a good set of lads here and they are the type that will put this behind them and focus on the next game which is an absolute credit to them.”

At the top end of the scale Kettering responded to their loss against Peterborough Lions last time out to beat Mansfield 37-20 in Midlands One.

It was a tough afternoon for Wellingborough and Rushden & Higham in Midlands Two East (South).

The sides meet each other in the derby game this weekend and will both arrive on the back of defeats - 29-27 to Market Harborough and 50-12 to Olney respectively.

The news was much better for Stewarts & Lloyds whose impressive campaign continued with a bonus-point win over Stockwood Park.

The Corby club are now second in Midlands Three East (South) after their 32-5 success.