Midlands 5 East South Wellingborough OG 11 St Ives 10 VISITORS St Ives started this game strongly but couldn't convert possession into points. The deadlock was eventually broken midway through the first half when the dominant St Ives scrum, stole one against the head. The ball found its way to Mike Sykes who chipped through to find Marc Sands out wide to score Saints' first points. The second half was a messy affair for the visiting side. It was a case of indiscipline and poor decision making that hampered St Ives' attempts to increase their lead. Too often the forwards were caught offside at the ruck, or coming in at the side. This allowed Wellingborough to relieve the pressure and clear their lines - and it was the home side that took the lead as Saints conceded needless penalties in front of the posts. OGs were quick to strike again when a probing kick found its way into St Ives territory and a slip by John Paxton sliced the ball out wide to the Wellingborough winger, who had a clear run in to the corner. Paxton made amends for his error when he scored out wide on the left but Saints were unable to convert and time ran out for the visitors. Captain Ross Thompson said: "This was a real sucker for us, the blame can't be placed on anyone in particular but the performance was way below par.