Deepings on a high as Clarke shines

PEREFCT RECORD: Deepings ran in 10 tries as they recorded a second successive victory by beating Stamford College Old Boys 62-5 last Saturday. Photo by Jonathan Clarke
PEREFCT RECORD: Deepings ran in 10 tries as they recorded a second successive victory by beating Stamford College Old Boys 62-5 last Saturday. Photo by Jonathan Clarke
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A gripping derby is on the cards at Linchfield Road on Saturday as Deepings host Thorney in a battle of two unbeaten sides.

The 11-mile distance between the Green Machine and their opponents has been given added spice by the fact that opposition coach Richard Horne used to run operations at Deepings’ fierce A15 rivals Bourne.

But wins against Sileby Town and a 62-5 romp at Stamford College Old Boys on Saturday have given Deepings skipper Guy Cunningham a positive frame of mind.

Cunningham said: “Sileby and Stamford were both cracking wins, with the first one coming after some really dogged rugby where our opponents had 90 per cent of the possession in the first 20 minutes.

“Against Stamford, the player who really came alive was second row man James Clarke who put in one of the best displays we’ve seen in his position in recent years.

“Thorney play quite a negative style of rugby, keeping the ball well without looking to get it out to the wings.

“But we have some real clinical finishers ourselves and we’re all pushing our standards up.”

Meanwhile, Bourne are at home to Bedford Swifts.

Midlands Four East (South): Bourne v Bedford Swifts, Deepings v Thorney, Northampton Men’s Own v Stamford College Old Boys, Queens v Sileby Town, Wellingborough Old Grammarians v Brackley.