Get your boots on! Corby are offering a way into rugby

Corby are inviting people interested in taking up rugby to come and join them
Corby are inviting people interested in taking up rugby to come and join them
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Corby manager Ricky Egan wants the local public to get their boots on and help the club rebuild.

Egan’s side are rooted to the bottom of Midlands Four East (South) after picking up just six points – and only a single victory – from their opening 14 games.

Corby v Bourne in Midlands Four East South 30-01-15 NNL-150302-095838002

Corby v Bourne in Midlands Four East South 30-01-15 NNL-150302-095838002

They’ve lost their last 12 league games – including some heavy defeats – but for all that, Egan says the morale remains high at Northen Park.

Egan, whose side return to league action against Westwood a week on Saturday, said: “Club rugby is hard and we understand that.

“It’s been a tough season.

“People looking in from the outside will see that we’ve taken a few hammerings, but the spirit is still good and we’re rebuilding.

Corby v Bourne in Midlands Four East South 30-01-15 NNL-150302-095849002

Corby v Bourne in Midlands Four East South 30-01-15 NNL-150302-095849002

“We aren’t like other rugby clubs. We don’t have a junior set up.

“We don’t run the club like that and we don’t want to. We just want to get people playing rugby.

“We get a lot of people coming along and saying: ‘I used to love playing rugby, then I went to university and gave it up and now I want to start playing again’.

“Corby is a growing town and I’m sure there are lots more people out there like that.

Bourne RUFC v Corby RFC. Photo: Simon Perkins EMN-150302-180126001

Bourne RUFC v Corby RFC. Photo: Simon Perkins EMN-150302-180126001

“We are open to anyone who wants to come along and play rugby.

“We have touch training sessions and that’s a good way to get into playing without having to think about contact.”

Scott Hamilton, the Leicester Tigers winger, runs Thursday night training sessions at the club that are proving to be popular and, while Egan is keen people come to the club and play for fun, Corby has also proved to be a stepping stone for players with ambition.

Last summer, Christian Naylor and Steven Moore both left for Stewarts & Lloyds.

And Egan insists: “We don’t have any complaints about that.

“We are pleased when players move on to play at a higher level because that shows we must be doing something right.

“We’ve developed them and helped them become better players.

“But when key players move on, it does make it hard for us and that’s been the case this season.

“We’ve brought players in who haven’t played rugby for a while – if at all.

“We didn’t expect to pull up any trees this season and still feel we are in a positive position.”

Anyone interested in taking up rugby at Corby can contact Egan on 07949 167434 and the club also has a Facebook page.

The penultimate match of the season could still have an awful lot riding on it for Wellingborough.

That is when the men from Cut Throat Lane, who currently sit second in Midlands Two East (South), travel to leaders Old Scouts.

Six points separate the clubs with six games remaining of the campaign and both overcame difficult hurdles at the weekend.

Scouts edged past third-placed Biggleswade 13-12 while Boro gained revenge for a humlbing defeat earlier in the season by beating Olney 22-11.

All the points came in the first half with Paul Lambert, Steven Gall and Andy Seaton touching down but the try bonus point remained elusive.

In the same section Stewarts & Lloyds were beaten 19-5 by Oadby Wyggs and remain second from bottom.

In Midlands One East, Kettering slipped to a 26-20 loss at home to Bedford Ath leaving them fourth.

The clash of the day saw leaders Rushden & Higham take on second-placed Vipers in Midlands Three East (South).

But, for the second week running, the Den were unable to enhance their credentials against promotion rivals and they fell to 28-19 reverse.

They were 28-0 down before second-half tries by Tony Bright and Stuart Riding (2) restored some pride.

Oundle are hanging on the coat tails of the leaders after an 11-10 win over Daventry.

David Moss got the decisive try.

Coach Pete Croot said: “My players produced a superb performance based on heart!

“Had we done this in some recent performances we would have been in a different place.

“However, the boys showed real character to take a hard-fought victory to the wire.

“We will work on discipline in training as we should have made more out of our territorial advantage, and constantly let them off the hook.

“Daventry played to their considerable strengths but our tactics proved valuable in closing them down.”