Rugby round-up - Wellingborough stun Buzzard for great win

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Wellingborough did their hopes of avoiding relegation from Midlands Two East (South) the power of good with an incredible win over second-placed Leighton Buzzard.

It took a phenomenal second-half performance that saw them run in 36 unanswered points as they powered their way to a 42-10 win – claiming a try bonus point in the process.

Boro went in at the break 10-6 down with the visitors having scored the only try so far.

But the second period was one-way traffic as good support play and running rugby brought tries for Chris Mears, Luke Gardiner, Pete Vickers, Rob Armstrong and Andy Fordham.

Vickers’ performance brought him a ‘full-house’ with his try adding to one drop goal, two penalties and four conversions.

Before the game guests had enjoyed the annual President’s Lunch – and the fare was pretty good on the rugby field as well.

The win lifts Boro out of the bottom three and gives them a very good chance of securing the place in the division – something that looked unlikely when they were deducted 15 points.

The battle to go up from Midlands Three East (South) continues to be intense as Stamford, Stewarts & Lloyds and Rushden & Higham all won.

The latter saw off fellow promotion hopefuls Rugby St Andrews 21-12 in a close-fought game at Manor Park.

S&L still sit second after a more comfortable 46-13 win over Queens but Stamford are still the pacesetters following their 62-3 demolition of Long Buckby.

Kettering just lost out in a cracker against Spalding.

The Blues were edged out 38-34 but only just fell short after a stunning second-half comeback.

They did, however, collect two bonus points from the thrilling encounter at Waverley Road.

Oundle’s hopes of going up from Midlands Four East (South) are over after a 16-15 loss to Bedford Swifts.

The Owls put in a determined show but just missed out on the vital four points.

Stephen Cull scored in the first half which, when Ross Murray converted to add to his earlier penalty, made it 10-10 at the break.

Oundle attacked with pace and intent but the Swifts defence was resolute.

Against the run of play Swifts went ahead with a penalty and added another when some indisciplined chat to the referee cost the home side.

Not giving up, though, Oundle kept going and Gareth Jacob scored in the corner from the last move of the game.

The pressure was then on Colt Ollie Sims but his conversion just faded outside the far post and the final whistle blew.

Old Grammarians lost 17-9 to Thorney while Corby lost out 59-0 to unbeaten league leaders Brackley.