Nothing changes as S&L focus on winning mentality

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

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It is not often six wins from six games is not enough to put you top of the table.

That, however, is the situation facing Stewarts & Lloyds in Midlands Three East (South).

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

They maintained their 100 per cent record last weekend by seeing off Rugby St Andrews 26-9.

It was not enough to hold on to top spot, though.

Despite losing a game, Stockwood Park are at the summit due to having picked up seven bonus points in contrast to S&L’s two.

Not that any change of emphasis is going to be adopted by the men in black just yet.

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

“We’ll just keep taking the games and ticking them off,” says manager Gary Mitchell.

“It’s all about game management.

“At the moment if we get penalties we are kicking them and taking the points.

“We are just concentrating on winning games at the moment and seeing where that takes us.

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

“We’ll start looking around Christmas and evaluate the situation then.

“If it needs us to open up and maybe start going for the corners instead of taking the points we’ll reassess then.”

The Occupation Road outfit hit the road and head to St Ives this weekend in a bid to make it seven out of seven.

Their town neighbours Corby have also had reason to be cheerful recently.

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

Action from Kettering's win over Huntingdon

They followed up their first win of the season two weeks ago by beating Bourne 22-17 last time out in Midlands Four East (South).

The match was not without it, though.

Having made a slow start they then raced into a 14-0 lead only to nearly throw it away again.

Manager Ricky Egan explained: “We started the game not really getting out of the blocks and I put that down to our pre-match planning.

“The game was due to start at 2.15pm – that’s the rules.

“However, the referee informed me that the kick-off was at 2pm. This left us no time to properly warm-up.

“We also could not use two of our replacements due to them turning up late because of work commitments.

“It’s grassroots rugby and we find it hard down here at level nine to get players.

“Can you imagine ducking out of work getting to the game and being told you can’t play because as you were not there on time your name had to be scrubbed off of the match card?”

Nevertheless Corby picked up a second straight win and now they entertain Westwood looking to make it an unprecedented hat-trick.

Oundle were also winners after their short journey to Stamford College Old Boys was rewarded with a 22-7 verdict.

It consolidated their third-place position - a spot they will look to make even more secure when they host fourth-placed Thorney tomorrow.

Higher up Kettering rewarded all the visitors to their Past Players’ Lunch by producing a 24-0 win over Huntingdon & District in Midlands One East.

The victory keeps them in a solid mid-table position ahead of their visit to Ilkeston this weekend.

Their hosts have won only one of their five matches at home this campaign but have been tough opponents nevertheless.

In Midlands Two East (South) Rushden & Higham will try to establish some momentum when they go to Old Scouts.

The Manor Park men collected their first league win of the winter when they beat BBOBs 42-13 - a result which moved them six points clear of their opponents at the basement.

In the same section, Wellingborough looked very impressive as they dispatched Oadby Wyggestonians 49-5.

They are third in the section ahead of their clash with fourth-placed Lutterworth tomorrow.