New­bold back on top af­ter Long­ton rout

Warwickshire Telegraph - - SPORT - By BOBBY BRIDGE

NEW­BOLD scored 12 tries and 78 unan­swered points against Long­ton to re­gain top spot in Mid­lands One West.

The two sides were rel­e­gated from the Mid­lands Pre­mier last sea­son to­gether but while New­bold build mo­men­tum for an in­stant re­turn to level five rugby, their ri­vals from Stoke-on-Trent look set for suc­ces­sive rel­e­ga­tions.

Jamie Mapletoft (2), Manny Sidhu (2), Sam Thomp­son, Josh Cooke, Oisin McKenna, Dan O’Brien, Duzza Ziba, Lee Lightowler, Nick Wal­ton scored tries, plus there was a penalty try from Bold’s dom­i­nant scrum. O’Brien added eight suc­cess­ful con­ver­sions.

Head­ing into round 13 this week­end, New­bold are top of the pile tied on points with Broms­grove.

Rugby Lions picked up only a third win in 11 Mid­lands One East games as they de­feated Leighton Buz­zard 25-7 at Webb El­lis Road.

Dan Par­ring­ton scored a brace and fur­ther tries from Lewis Moult and Martin Wood se­cured all five points for Dave Ad­dle­ton’s side.

The vic­tory, Lions’ fourth of the sea­son, opens an 11-point gap on the divi­sion’s bot­tom three clubs.

Ke­nil­worth and Nuneaton Old Ed­war­dians re­main locked in a grip­ping three­way bat­tle for pro­mo­tion from Mid­lands 2 West South.

Jimmy Gop­perth and Craig Hampson’s Old Eds were 20-14 win­ners away at Eve­sham to lie one point be­hind lead­ers Ke­nil­worth, who picked up a 20-5 win against Leam­ing­ton.

Ed Han­nam’s brace of tries were sup­ported by 10 points from the boot of Josh Emery.

Kid­der­min­ster are hot on their heals, win­ning 53-10 at Southam, to sit in sec­ond spot on points dif­fer­ence.

Fourth place Earls­don were trail­ing 12-10 at half­time to strug­gling visitors Old Coven­tri­ans but cut loose af­ter the break with Tom Walker scor­ing a hat­trick.

Leo Crad­dock (2), Char­lie Knight, Cal­lum Forsyth, Sam Chare, Robert Fisher were the other try scor­ers in a 51-17 home win.

Old Lau­ren­tians are keep­ing the pres­sure up on the top four with a 22-14 win at Bark­ers Butts.

Ben An­der­son (2) and Ash Moore were try scor­ers while two Jon Bean con­ver­sion and a Greg Loy­dall penalty proved cru­cial.

Bot­tom club Rugby St An­drews, pro­moted last sea­son from Mid­lands 3 West South, lost for the eighth time in nine games as Sil­hillians edged a 10-0 home win.

The top five clubs in Mid­lands 3 West South were all win­ners as the league takes shape with two rounds re­main­ing in 2018.

Mid-ta­ble Manor Park were ten points ahead at half­time against Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans with tries from Matt Green and Will Wood­ward.

The league lead­ers took the lead af­ter the break with tries from Pete Nan­car­row (2) and Craig El­lis but Cameron For­ryan’s try for the visitors kept Park in the game.

But a break­away try from Nan­car­row to se­cure his hat­trick and Adam Stan­nard’s five-pointer se­cured a 33-15 vic­tory, Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans’ 11th in 12 rounds.

Pin­ley have a nine-point buf­fer on the chas­ing pack in sec­ond af­ter a home walkover win against Dun­lop while Ship­ston ran Coven­try Welsh ragged with a 71-0 home win.

Berk­swell and Bal­sall com­plete the top five as they made light work of Stoke Old Boys, win­ning 54-5 on their trav­els.

Al­ces­ter se­cured an­other com­fort­able win for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive week with a 43-17 vic­tory against Up­tonOn-Sev­ern.

Jack Green led the scor­ing with a hat-trick and cap­tain Phil Birks se­cured a brace. Kyran Flynn and Rob­bie Parker also crossed the white­wash dur­ing the game.

The league reaches its half­way point this week­end with Dun­lop and Coven­try Welsh in the bot­tom three.

For­mer Nuneaton, Manor Park and War­wick­shire for­ward Bob Ful­ford has passed away, aged 78.

The 6ft 8in tall gen­tle giant played more than 120 times for Nuns be­tween 1961 and 1976.

His first Manor Park ap­pear­ance came in 1973 be­gin­ning an as­so­ci­a­tion with the Griff and Co­ton club that would stretch many decades as a player and ded­i­cated vol­un­teer.

Bob’s funeral will take place on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 14 from 10.30am at St Ni­co­las Par­ish Church be­fore re­fresh­ments at Manor Park RFC’s Griff and Co­ton base.

Rugby Lions’ Dan Par­ring­ton

[email protected]­ Manor Park’s Cameron For­ryan, above, and Old Leam­ing­to­ni­ans’ Pete Nan­car­row, be­low, touch down

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