Play our way and we can shoot down Buzzard

George Shipman

George Shipman

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Wellingborough must play their own way if they are to have any success at league leaders Leighton Buzzard tomorrow.

That is the view of their director of rugby George Shipman who takes his side to Bedfordshire looking to topple an outfit who have claimed bonus-point wins from their first four games.

“We have to impose our game on them - if we don’t it will be a very difficult afternoon,” Shipman said.

“They are a physical side. We’ve played them for a number of years and know well what they can do.

“We know what we’re coming up against.

“It will be a good challenge for us. We’ve started well but this will be our first real test.

“I’m confident if we play our style of rugby we can win.

“We’re not as strong up front as they are so it is important we spread it and play our pacy game.

“If we dictate our style on them then we can beat them.

“And these are the sort of games we have to win if we want to prove we are top two or top three side.”

Rushden & Higham will be looking to get themselves off the mark in the same section.

However, they also have a tough away trip as they head to second-placed Newbold-on-Avon.

Also on the road, but in their case in Midlands One East, are Kettering.

They make the trip to Derby for what is normally a tough afternoon.

This year should be no different as their hosts have already picked up six wins from seven and make up part of a strong-looking top four.

The Blues, however, will go in good spirits and keen to build on last week’s demolition job of Coalville when they ran in 57 unanswered second-half points.

In Midlands Three East (South), it is Stewarts & Lloyds who go into their game as the form side.

They are four from four in the league and travel to Bedford Queens full of confidence having beaten Sleaford 56-14 in the Senior Vase last weekend.

Things do not get any easier for Corby, meanwhile.

In Midlands Four East (South), they have the task of taking on leaders Bedford Swifts this weekend.

They continue to show improvement and were within a whisker of collecting their first win of the season last time out before ultimately falling short in extra-time in the Junior Vase.

For Oundle it will be a case of wanting to push their promotion credentials.

They entertain St Neots who hold an identical record to the Eagles and only sit below them by virtue of points difference.