11th December 2015, 10:02 |
By CHARLOTTE FLETCHER
In MIDLANDS 1A, the Birmingham v Nottingham fixture was the only game to go ahead this week.
Nottingham went into the game unbeaten, with Birmingham having won just three from nine. On the day, it was Nottingham who made it an impressive eight wins from eight to go into the Christmas break with their 100 per cent record intact.
The visitors’ commendable attacking game enabled them to put 40 points on the board and their strong defensive effort saw them to a 40-8 victory.
Going into the mid-season break, there is little separating the teams in the middle of the table with Oxford, Loughborough A and Coventry all having won four games.
Birmingham are not far behind, but have played more games than any other team in their league.
Oxford Brookes sit at the bottom having not won a match and drawing just once.
MIDLANDS 2A is tight at the top of the table, with just five points separating the top three.
Leaders Leicester were hoping to continue their unbeaten run against bottom-of-the-table Derby but the game was postponed.
Leicester remain three points clear with games in hand.
Loughborough B hosted Nottingham A and with the two teams sitting next to each other in the league, a win was important to secure third place going into the Christmas break.
It was the home side who managed to claim the win in a high scoring game. Nottingham fought hard and did get points on the board but Loughborough showed skill and endeavour to register a 54-20 victory.
Nottingham Trent A travelled to Lincoln who had the opportunity to put pressure on leaders Leicester if they could get a win.
After 10 minutes Lincoln opened the scoring with a try from Thomas Connell and then established a 24-0 lead with further touchdowns from Craig Corbin and Joe Maguire with Connell grabbing his second from close range.
Trent managed to cross in the corner just before half-time to make it 24-4 at the interval.
The second half started brightly for the home side as they spread the ball wide to register another try.
There followed a period of end-to-end rugby in tough playing conditions.
Sam Tatham dived under the posts for Lincoln, with Trent again forcing their way over in the corner to make it 30-12, with the game still in the balance.
Luc Squires then touched down for the visitors with Trent replying with one of their own before Tatham crossed for Lincoln for his second of the game.
An almost immediate response for Trent meant that the pressure was still on Lincoln as the game started to draw to a close.
Despite Lincoln leading 40-22 Trent were still in the contest but the visitors showed their class by tightening their defence and grabbing another try in the dying stages, Thomas Connell completing his hat-trick to make the final score 44-22.
In MIDLANDS 2B, Warwick missed a golden opportunity to return to the top of the league by losing at Oxford Brookes A.
Another end-to-end game saw the home side claim a narrow 34-28 win to move them up to the middle of the table.
Games between Northampton and Oxford A, and Cambridge and Coventry were all postponed.
This means that Oxford A remain top of the league and Coventry sit at the bottom having failed to win a game in five attempts.
Warwick and Cambridge can remain within striking distance of the top of the table both sitting just three points behind the league leaders.