There were mixed fortunes for Bourne and Deepings in Midlands Four East South, making the battle for A15 rugby bragging rights even more intriguing.
Deepings ran in 12 tries in their 71-0 hammering of Corby at Northern Park, including a hat-trick for scrum half Steve Corrigan.
But Bourne failed to make home advantage count, going down 53-15 to Old Newtonians at Milking Nook Drove, despite being 15-10 up at half time.
Bourne skipper Dixon said: “We just got bullied a bit by their full backs and we couldn’t settle in what was just a bad day at the office.
At 15-10 up, Old Newts just stepped up a gear and we missed a couple of tackles which led to them going over in the corner.
“We were missing a couple of players in the pack (Alan Faversham and Simon Sleight), but we didn’t match the hits of Old Newts and couldn’t get the platform you need at home.”
In contrast, Deepings skipper Gareth Silverwood said: “We got our rhythm going on a very, very bad pitch and got our game plan sorted out.
“Jack Rogers had a fantastic game, offering support for other players, and Steve Corrigan had a very good game indeed as well.
“I was slightly worried that after last week’s performance (against Brackley at Linchfield where Deepings lost 25-13), that people might be a little down in the dumps.
“It took 15 minutes to shake the effects of the car journey off, but then we ran comfortable winners against a Corby side that struggled to get a team out.”
Bourne travel to league leaders St Neots on Saturday while Deepings have a four-week break from league action.
But The Green Machine are hosting a Wear the Rose Day which includes the world’s first-ever virtual reality sports experience, allowing you to feel what it’s like to “Wear the Rose” and train with England’s Elite Player Squad - without ever having to set foot on a rugby pitch.
There is also a coaching session with the RFU’s Community Coaching Team for anyone aged 16 or over at 2pm.
Mark Owen, chairman of Deepings Rugby Club, said: “Wear the Rose Day is going to give anyone, whether you’re a rugby player or not, the chance to come and experience rugby at the highest level.
“We’ve also arranged for the RFU Community Coaching Team to come along and there will be a Try It rugby session open to all players and people that want to give rugby go.
“The sport, both on and off the pitch, can give people so much and I’d urge everyone to come and have a go, either in the virtual reality experience or to get some kit on and try it for real.”
For more information, log on to www.deepingsrufc.co.uk