Blues and Boro strengthen their cause in a relegation fight

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth
Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

Both Kettering and Wellingborough collected valuable wins to aid their battle against the drop.

It was a tremendous weekend in Midlands One East for the Blues who not only blitzed their fellow strugglers Market Bosworth 45-0 but also saw relegation rivals Spalding, Loughborough and Newark all lose.

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

It means they now sit five points above the third drop spot with three games remaining.

Boro had a similarly profitable day as they thumped Vipers 41-19 away from home in Midlands Two East (South).

An unconvincing first-half display saw them take a one-point lead into the break. A Pete Vickers penalty and Steven Gall try gave them the edge.

But a half-time pep talk from head coach George Shipman - and with skipper Owen Tomalin leading by example - the second half saw Borough score five tries and gain a bonus point.

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

A Vickers try was quickly followed by one for flanker Adam Lambert - both converted.

Gall then got his second and his team’s fourth to earn the bonus point before prop Kevin Osborne crossed the line - for the first time in quite a while - to make the game safe at 36-7.

The visitors relaxed a little and Vipers scored two tries but winger Luke Gardiner ensured there was a happy ending with another score in injury-time.

Rushden & Higham’s ambitions are focused at the other end of Midlands Three East (South) and they maintained their promotion hopes with a 21-6 win over Old Newtonians.

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

Action from Kettering's win over Market Bosworth

They now sit three points behind county rivals Stewarts & Lloyds - with a game in hand - as the battle for second place intensifies.