New year resolution is needed from hopefuls and battlers alike

Wellingborough begin 2013 with a trip to fellow strugglers Biggleswade
Wellingborough begin 2013 with a trip to fellow strugglers Biggleswade

The new year’s rugby action begins with several sides in need of wins for very different reasons.

Wellingborough’s bid to avoid the drop from Midlands Two East (South) has been boosted by the return to Cut Throat Lane of their former players Pete Vickers and Kev Osborne.

Fly-half Vickers - an ex-club captain at Boro - goes straight into their starting line-up to play away at Biggleswade tomorrow.

They currently sit bottom of the division following a 15-point deduction by the RFU and trail tomorrow’s opponents - the side immediately above them - by six points.

In Midlands Three East (South), promotion hopefuls Stewarts & Lloyds and Rushden & Higham are both on the road to county rivals.

Second-placed S&L are four points behind leaders Stamford going into their game against strugglers Daventry while Rushden head south to Ashton for their encounter with Men’s Own.

After a faltering start to the campaign Kettering picked up their form in the latter months of 2012.

They start the new year in Midlands One East with a tough home game against Matlock- a side who beat them 22-10 in the away fixture in September.

Further down the ladder in the Midlands Four East (South), strugglers Corby host Westwood and Old Grammarians travel to St Ives while Oundle’s outside hopes of promotion rely on a strong second half to the season which begins with a home game against Aylestone Athletic.