Newbold back on top after Longton rout
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
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