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RUGBY UNION: Spalding leave the best until last for home win

Gavin Sharman’s hat-trick led the try fest to end any worries about relegation as Spalding left their best home display of the season until the final match.

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Photos by Alan Hancock

RUGBY UNION: Tough time for Bourne in final game

Bourne’s historic season finished with Saturday’s defeat at Thorney.

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Photo by Tim Wilson

RUGBY UNION: Minis festival is huge success at new ground

Spalding welcomed more than 100 players from Chelmsford for a minis festival and fun day at the new ground on Drain Bank North.

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Action from the home win over Ashby in December

RUGBY UNION: All to play for at home in final game of season

Spalding need just one bonus point win to avoid any threat of relegation – but Saturday’s trip to second-placed Ashby was always going to be a big challenge.

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Photos by Alan Hancock

RUGBY UNION: Demolition derby at Bourne

Talk of Bourne accepting second place look premature after the weekend’s results.

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Photos by Adrian Smith

RUGBY UNION: Spalding hit top gear

Spalding recorded a vital victory on Saturday to stay above the relegation zone.

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Spalding under-12s

RUGBY UNION: Youngsters enjoy great experience

Spalding youngsters played a part in creating history at last weekend’s Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup.

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Photos by Adrian Smith

RUGBY UNION: Derby defeat for Spalding

Spalding missed out in the last play of Saturday’s game, having trailed from the sixth minute.

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Action from Bourne Rugby Club's match at St Neots on Saturday. Photo: Alan Hancock.

Heartbreak for Bourne after conceding last-gasp try in title decider

Bourne Rugby Club suffered heartbreak for the second time in seven days as they fell to an agonising 16-15 defeat in Saturday’s Midlands 4 East (South) title decider at St Neots.

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Bourne v Ecclesshall. Photo: LEE HELLWING

Maudsley’s pride at Bourne’s achievements despite defeat in historic Vase clash.

Player-coach Dave Maudsley was proud of his players despite the biggest day in Bourne Rugby Club’s history ending in defeat on Saturday.

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ONE-WAY DERBY DAY: Adam Binns and Jack Berry congratulate player-coach Dave Maudsley after his try for Bourne.  Photo: SG100318-446TW

MATCH VERDICT: Derby day honours and promotion for Bourne

Bourne will play at the highest level in their 31-year history after a demolition of Deepings sealed promotion at Milking Nook Drove.

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Photos by Adrian Smith

RUGBY UNION: Away defeat for Spalding

Late pressure by Spalding failed to produce a match-winning try as relegation-threatened Sileby claimed the points.

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PROMOTION SEALED: The scoreboard says it all for jubilant Bourne players Drew Castle, Rob Bentley and Sam Thornburn (13). Photo (Tim Wilson): SG100318-483TW

RUGBY UNION: Form pointed to big home win for Bourne

Bourne player-coach Dave Maudsley and his side gave themselves the ideal platform for Saturday’s Midlands Junior Vase final at home to Eccleshall with a dominant display against Deepings.

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Action from the home defeat to Nottingham Moderns in November

RUGBY UNION: Spalding’s half-time lead quickly thrown away

Spalding were beaten for the second time this season by bottom-of-the-table Nottingham Moderns.

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Deepings scrum-half Guy Cunningham gets first claim on a ball kicked forward at Linchfield Road. Photos: LEE HELLWING

RUGBY UNION: Corrigan earns home win for Deepings

Deepings came close to only their second home league defeat this season before a dramatic fightback against Bedford Swifts.

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Adams Binns claims a line-out for Bourne in their victory at Brackley on Saturday.

Bourne break Brackley hoodoo as first away success maintains promotion push

Bourne triumphed at Brackley for the first time in their club’s history to maintain their Midlands 4 East (South) promotion push with a 37-18 success on Saturday.

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Photos by Tim Wilson

RUGBY UNION: Bonus point win in a dominant display

A clinical performance by Spalding produced four well-taken second-half tries to earn a bonus point win.

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COLLISION COURSE: Deepings are heading for a titanic derby clash with Bourne, possibly the biggest in the two clubs' combined 65-year history, after their sixth win in seven matches.

RUGBY UNION: Huge derby in sight for Deepings

Deepings tightened their grip on third place in the league after a fifth win in sixth matches at Leicester-based Aylestone St James.

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Lance Charity, Guy Cunningham and Phil Trotman for Deepings.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG251117-140TW.

RUGBY UNION: Deepings serve up champagne rugby to sweep aside Old Grammarians

A 20-minute spell that scrum-half Guy Cunningham described as “the best rugby we’ve played in seven or eight years” put Deepings out of sight.

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