RUGBY: Costly draw hits Spalding RFC’s title bid

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Spalding RFC lost vital ground on Midlands Two East (North) leaders Belgrave on Saturday after only drawing 27-27 with Oakham.

With nothing but a bonus-point win good enough for Town, their third-placed visitors managed to secure a share of the spoils at the Memorial Field.

Spalding’s first draw of the season leaves them eight points off the pace after Belgrave battered Melbourne 49-0.

Meanwhile, Deepings slipped to a 14-45 defeat to Northampton Men’s Own in Midlands Three East (S) and Bourne went down 49-12 to Old Newtonians in Midlands Four East (S).

More rugby in Tuesday’s Lincolnshire Free Press.

RESULTS

Midlands Two East (N): Ashbourne 19 Nottingham Casuals 18; Bakewell Mannerians 43 Melton Mowbray 7; Belgrave 49 Melbourne 0; Dronfield 11 Loughborough 20; Spalding 27 Oakham 27; Stamford 34 Kesteven 31.

Midlands Three East (S): Biggleswade 60 St Ives 15; Brackley 8 Rugby St Andrews 19; Daventry 14 Queens 12; Deepings 14 Northampton Mens Own 45; Stockwood Park 27 Stewarts & Lloyds 19; Vipers 63 Northampton Casuals 8.

Midlands Four East (S): Bedford Swifts 13 Oundle 27; Bourne 12 Old Newtonians 49; Corby 0 Long Buckby 68; Thorney 22 Stamford College Old Boys 17; Westwood 34 Kempston 24.