Rugby previews – Boro pay respects to Bean ahead BBOBs visit

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season
Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season
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Wellingborough will hold a minute’s silence in memory of their former club captain Chris Bean ahead of this weekend’s game.

The men from Cut Throat Lane take on their county rivals from Northampton BBOBs at home.

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season

And the match will give them the first chance to pay their respects to Bean who died of an asbestos-related illness during the summer.

On the playing side, the game also offers the chance to bounce back from their opening-day Midlands Two East (South) defeat at Dunstablians

In the same section it is similar story for Rushden & Higham who play their first home game since being promoted.

Leighton Buzzard are the visitors to Manor Park where Rushden will be looking to improve on the result from last week when they led Leicester Forest 10-0 and 17-12 before losing 19-17.

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season

In Midlands One, Kettering will be keen to repair some of the damage done by Newark last time out.

It will be a tough task as Old Northamptonians - 29-3 winners over Ilkeston last weekend - visit Waverley Road.

Stewarts & Lloyds - who beat Daventry 6-5 on the opening day - aim to make it two wins out of two in Midlands Three East (South) when they play host to Deepings who suffered and 18-15 against St Ives last weekend.

S&L’s neighbours Corby believe they could be on the verge of something good - or at least much better - this season.

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season

Action from Corby's 38-17 loss to St Neots on the opening day of their season

Having finished rock-bottom of Midlands Four East (South) last term, some hard work and new recruits offer the promise of more joy - even if their 38-17 home loss to St Neots might not suggest as much.

Manager Ricky Egan said: “The guys’ tackling was superb, our backs are playing the best I seen since I have been manager and the forwards held their own.

“With some work at training we will be a force to reckoned with.

“The new guys Martin Stranigan, Simon Sheridan, Alex Sumpter, James Hunter, Ally Johnson, Dominic Hearne, Steve Farrow and Graig Porch put in excellent league debuts.

“Yes we did make a couple of silly mistakes but we will address them.

“This season, if we play the way we did against St Neots, we will be winning more than we will be losing.

“Although it’s early days we are happy with progress thus far.”

Oundle, in the same division, had much more reason to be satisfied with their first-day achievements.

They thrashed league new boys Kempston 61-0 to start their campaign in emphatic fashion.

And, although coach Peter Croot is not reading too much into that win, he is still pleased with the start ahead of a tougher test against Long Buckby tomorrow.

“Kempston are new to the league and finding their feet,” Croot said.

“But they caused us a few problems early on.

“Once our game plan kicked in we were very good.

“But we have Long Buckby this weekend and they look very strong. I expect them to challenge this season.

“This will tell me if we have done enough work and where we are in our development.”

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