Bourne and the Deepings both made progress in the Midlands Junior Vase with first round wins over Gainsborough and Nottinghamians respectively.
The Green Machine got back to winning ways with a one-sided romp over Midlands Five East (North) opponents Gainsborough 75-0 at Linchfield Road where the crowd were treated to ten tries, nine of them converted.
Youngsters took their opportunity to shine for Deepings under Gareth Silverwood’s captaincy after Gainsborough had a man sent off for punching inside 20 minutes.
But it was a try from winger Nathan Pound in his first game back after ten months out through injury that really lifted the Deepings faithful as their side bounced back from the previous weekend’s defeat to Thorney in the Nene Valley derby.
Deepings skipper Guy Cunningham, who coached the side in the absence of Tim Edwards, said: “It was just one of those days when we played some really good rugby and where we really exploited Gainsborough because they had a player less.”
The Green Machine travel to Wellingborough Old Grammarians for a league game on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Bourne finally got a win under their belts this season with a forwards-inspired display against Midlands Five East (North) opponents Nottinghamians.
It was the first time this season that Bourne coaches John Forbes and Nigel Lindley were able to field a full set of backs, a situation which had hampered the side in their Midlands Four East (South) defeats to Bingham, Thorney and Bedford Swifts.
The visitors racked up six tries, including Nathan Day, John Hume, Rab Forbes - after some good work from Bourne man of the match Ian Taylor - and Adams Binns who latched onto a crossfield kick by skipper Tom Dixon to outjump the opposition hooker and go over for an icing-on-the-cake try.
Dixon himself led from the front by putting in an 80-minute performance whilst playing through a knee injury and Alan Faversham whose forward play opened up the Nottinghamians’ back line for the likes of Day, Hume, Binns and Forbes to score their tries.
It was just one of those days when we played some really good rugbyDeepings skipper Guy Cunningham
“It was a good win for us in the Vase and it puts us in good stead for our next league game at Birstall on Saturday,” Dixon said.