Possible cup relief for Spalding, Bourne and Deepings

GREEN MACHINE:  Dave Robertson and Steven Corrigan on the attack for Deepings v Thorney at Linchfield Road.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
GREEN MACHINE: Dave Robertson and Steven Corrigan on the attack for Deepings v Thorney at Linchfield Road. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Spalding, Bourne and Deepings all have chances to put league defeats behind them in cup action this weekend.

Town visit Midlands Two East (South) side Rushden & Higham in the first round of the Midlands Intermediate Cup where the task is to avoid a fourth successive defeat this season.

Our players were all brilliant and they were playing to how we wanted them to play

Deepings coach Tim Edwards

Bourne travel to Midlands Five East (North) side Nottinghamians and Deepings host Gainsborough from the same division in round one of the Midlands Junior Vase.

Bourne lost 46-24 to Bedford Swifts at Milking Nook Drove last Saturday, despite being able to field a recognised back line for the first time this season.

But late drop-outs and an injury to centre Harry Thorburn left Bourne to face a tough after noon against a Bedford side that exploited some poor tackling and an increasingly tiring back line.

However, there were positives to come out of the game such as excellent forward play at set-pieces, a reduced penalty count and the form of rapidly improving scrum half Harley Guillari.

Unbeaten Deepings host Gainsborough having lost 29-8 to Thorney at Linchfield Road having taken the lead with an uncoverted try by on0field skipper Steven Corrigan.

Coach Tim Edwards said: “I thought it was a fantastic performance considering we had to make six changes from the weekend before (at Stamford College Old Boys where they won 62-5).

“Our players were all brilliant and they were playing to how we wanted them to play.

“We have a lot of youth coming through which makes it quite an interesting for the club and with a cup game against Gainsborough on Saturday, I’m optimistic of the boys doing well.”

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