Tough starts continue for county quartet

Corby's Andy Findley scores
Corby's Andy Findley scores

Kettering’s poor run of form continued in Midlands One East as they suffered a third straight defeat.

The Blues were beaten 23-9 by Bedford Athletic with a side showing 10 changes from the last time the two teams met.

Corby v Aylestone Athletic

Corby v Aylestone Athletic

The season is proving a steep learning curve for the young players but the performance was a big improvement on the previous weeks.

Joe Daniel kicked three penalties to keep them in touch but a strong Ath outfit were good value for their win.

Wellingborough’s disappointing start to the season went on with a heavy defeat away to Huntingdon.

Boro made the trip to the racecourse and came away second best with a Tom Mair penalty their only reward in 42-3 reverse

Corby v Aylestone Athletic'Corby's Tom Naylor

Corby v Aylestone Athletic'Corby's Tom Naylor

Old Grammarians skipper Carl Baldy declared himself happy with his side’s effort despite losing 59-3 to county rivals Oundle.

“It was a game that we knew was going to be very hard,” Baldry explained.

“I was very pleased with the first 20 mins of each half where we held our own.

“Unfortunately Oundle stepped it up and capitalised on our mistakes and scrappy play.

“Still onwards and upwards and we have a cup game next week at home against Harbury to look forward to.”

Aylestone handed a heavy defeat to Corby.

The home side donned their new kit for the first time, but it did not provide them with any fortune as the Leicestershire visitors took control from the start.

Corby did not get out of the starting blocks and were starved of possession as Aylestone punished them again and again.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first with Corby not being able to play any consistent rugby and Aylestone picking up the scraps.

A glimmer of hope appeared when Andy Findley crashed through from a penalty but Aylestone hit back with a couple more tries of their own to make sure of the result at 33-5.

Manager Ricky Egan said: “I am bitterly disappointed with the result.

“We showed so much promise last week and this week we regressed to the Corby of old.

“We have a motto this year that simply says ‘No Excuses’.

“The coaching team are going to be working hard this week as we need to bounce back quickly and get some points on the board.”

Sharnbrook & Colworth got their Courage Best League campaign off to a winning start with a 22-5 win over Old Northamptonians 4th.

It was a well-contested game with both packs competing fiercely at the breakdown but ultimately the match was won by the inventive game of the Sharnbrook backs.