Rushden & Higham booked their place in the Midlands semi-finals of the Senior Vase as they thrashed West Bridgford.
An evenly balanced contest looked to be on the cards with the unbeaten leaders of Midlands Three East (North) hosting the side positioned in third in Midlands Three East (South) but that isn’t what transpired.
A dominant performance by the visitors, whose physical approach proved to be too much for the home side, enabled them to claim a 40-5 triumph and player-coach Sturat Riding, understandably, was pleased with the result.
He said: “I think we will have shocked a few people with how comfortable the result was.
“We didn’t know that the game was on until 10 o’clock that morning so a few lads’ minds could have been elsewher but once we started we took them apart.
“It was as physical as we’ve been this season and they couldn’t live with us.
“I was delighted with how we played, it was probably our best performance of the season.”
Steve Duncan scored a pair of tries in the victory and he was joined on the scoresheet by Colin Liddell, Matt Stanley, Riding and Dan Sharpe who also added 10 points with the boot.
Elsewhere, Old Grammarians secured only their second win of the campaign in Midlands Four East (South) as they got the better of Stamford College Old Boys by a 29-15 margin.
A try from captain Carl Baldry cancelled out Stamford’s opener to leave the scores level at 7-7 at the halfway stage.
The second period belonged to the OGs as further scores from Brian King (2), Ryan Hurved and Pete Gawler steered them to a well-deserved win.