Title battle intensifies for S&L

Rushden & Higham will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Old Leamingtonians in the RFU Senior Vase Midlands semi-final
Rushden & Higham will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Old Leamingtonians in the RFU Senior Vase Midlands semi-final

The game of the day tomorrow takes place in Midlands Three East (South) as the top two go head to head.

Stewarts & Lloyds became leaders last weekend when their walkover win from the Old Newtonians game gave them enough points to rise above Stamford who were on cup duty.

Now the pair meet in one of the biggest matches of the season so far.

And it is likely to be a tough battle.

S&L team manager Gary Mitchell said: “We’re at full strength, our forwards are going well and our backs had a good run out last week (in a hastily arranged pool fixture against the Spalding Development side that brought a 42-0 win).

“We’re expecting a tough game over there. We know their strong elements and I’m sure they know ours.”

In the same section Rushden & Higham will be looking to bounce back from their Senior Vase exit last time out when they face a tricky tie at Daventry.

Player-coach Stuart Riding explained: “They are on the rise a bit and are just starting to find their feet.

“I thought they would be one of the top teams this season and I am a little bit surprised by where they are.

“We need to recover quickly. We now need to put in the graft and focus on the league because we’ve got some big games coming up.”

In Midlands One East, Kettering travel to Towcestrians while at the level below Wellingborough make the short journey to Old Scouts desperately needing a win in their battle against relegation.

In Midlands Four East (South), Corby head to Bedford Swifts, Old Grammarians go to Bourne while Oundle are away at St Neots.