Huntingdon & District complete double over Lutterworth in race for promotion
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HUNTINGDON & District completed a double over Lutterworth on Saturday and now have a week off to plan their run-in to the end of the season.
With six games to go, Stags are three points clear at the top of the Midlands Two East South table with two promotion places up for grabs. The gap below second-placed Leighton Buzzard is eight points, but third-placed Bugbrooke do have two games in hand.
Promotion is Huntingdon’s to win – surely they won’t miss out now.
Damian Wales was more than happy after this latest win – they beat the Leicestershire side 30-26 despite going behind in the second half – and the head coach told The Hunts Post: “I’m ecstatic with the result and give the forwards full credit for the comeback.
“When our ball carriers step up like they did today every side in the league will struggle to cope against us.”
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Fighting talk then, but with only one game against a team currently in the top four remaining – they are away at Leighton Buzzard in April – these are words that will breed further confidence in a team that already has a title-winning swagger.
Dan Malem opened the scoring on Saturday with a 45-metre penalty – but Stags were dealt an early blow when Chris South was forced off with a torn hamstring.
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Lutterworth scored a converted try to make it 7-3 but Stags replied with another Malem kick but another home side try followed. Malem again put on another three points for Stags before a third try for Lutterworth made it 19-9 at the break. Two further Malem penalties heralded the beginning of the comeback before the same player cut through the home side’s defence to score Stags’ first try of the afternoon to give them a 20-19 lead.
Richard Locksmith got Huntingdon’s second try and Lemu Osbourne charged over from five metres out for the third.
Lutterworth did manage to score another try late on but by then Stags were too far ahead.
Stags under-13s went to Peterborough for their County Cup semi-final but lost 27-12. Scoring the points for Stags were Ben Hegan and Brandon Charakupa.
The club’s under-14s had a convincing 40-0 home win over Wellingborough with Sam Durnan getting two tries and Chris Turley, Patrick Forshaw, Simon Graham and captain Will Gould the others. The rest of the points came from the boot of Adam Garrood.