Huntingdon, St Neots and St Ives all win again as rugby union season gets going

HUNTINGDON & District captain Ben Strangeways and hooker Seth Muggeridge turned in man of the match performances, scoring two tries apiece, in their Midlands Two East South division 42-3 win over Wellingborough at the weekend.

It was the team’s second win in two games but coach Damian Wales still thinks there can be improvements.

“Yes, the result was nice, another bonus-point win, but we made far too many mistakes, gave away penalties, and made some wrong decisions,” he said.

“I would say we were only playing at 70 percent.

“However, what makes the difference between good and average teams is good teams still win when they don’t perform at their peak.”

Dan Malem kicked Huntingdon into a 3-0 lead and Strangeways got his first try soon after. Wellingborough pulled three points back with a penalty but they would prove to be the only points the visitors managed on a day when there was only one side in it.

Two further penalties were scored by Malem and Strangeways’ second try meant Huntingdon went into the break with a 21-3 lead.

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Wellingborough were playing with only 14 men for periods of the second half and Muggeridge scored his first try from a driving maul and Malem added the extras.

Stags took advantage of the extra man again when Muggeridge crossed over for his second try with Malem slotting the conversion from wide. Ali Dunsdon completed the scoring late in the game with another Malem converted try on the back of a sweeping backline move that featured at least 20 passes.

Wales added: “We are top of the league now with two bonus point wins so I would be a fool to not think we have a target on our heads. We have three tricky fixtures to negotiate now, away in Sleaford in the cup, away to Bugbrooke in the league, then at home to Dunstablians in the league.

“We’ll need to keep working hard to ensure we continue to get results”

In the Midlands Four East South division St Neots won their second game of two as well when they beat Thorney 52-17.

Dan Glover and Stu Miller scored two tries each while Luke Warburton, Harry Gillam and Dan Miller also crossed over with Glover scoring two penalties and three conversions.

St Ives completed a full house for Huntingdonshire with their 31-5 win over Stamford College. The Bulls have also won both of their games.

With regular captain Jim Robinson unavailable after a knee operation and Josh Dear sidelined since breaking his ankle, Ross Thompson was named skipper and Jamie Noble scored twice with Steve Burke, Russell Warrington and Johan Clare also claiming tries.

Midlands Four East South: Biggleswade 17-27 Northampton BBOB, Dunstablians 26-12 Bugbrooke, Huntingdon & District 42-3 Wellingborough, Lutterworth 25-12 Leighton Buzzard, Market Harborough 37-25 Northampton Old Scouts, Oadby Wyggestonians 34-31 Vipers.

Midlands Four East South: Bourne 5-31 Bedford Swifts, Brackley 64-3 Westwood, Oundle 59-3 Wellingborough OG; St Ives 31-5 Stamford College OB, St Neots 52-17 Thorney.