MIDLANDS FOUR EAST (SOUTH): DEEPINGS 9 NORTHAMPTON MEN’S OWN 34
A 9-8 half time lead turned into a 25-point defeat for Deepings as strong winds blew away the game plan against Northampton Men’s Own at Linchfield Road.
Kicker Chris Owen put three penalties between the posts for the Green Machine who benefited from playing into gale-like conditions for the first half against the Midlands Four East (South) leaders.
But a failure to carry out skipper Guy Cunningham’s demands and score three tries proved costly as Men’s Own ran in 26 unanswered points in the second half of Saturday’s game.
Cunningham said: “It became a very difficult game for us when we had the wind blowing in our faces and we weren’t able to kick the ball away at all.
“We ended up having to run everything and in the last quarter of the match, we ran out of steam and they ran in a couple of tries.
We ended up having to run everything and in the last quarter of the match, we ran out of steamDeepings 1st XV skipper Guy Cunningham
“Men’s Own deserved the win but all our lads were really chuffed with how we played and even their captain said his players knew they had been in a game.”
Deepings were without second row forward James Clarke, fly-half Alex Arch and inspirational full-back Steven Corrigan which required coach Tim Edwards to carry out a major reshuffle before the game.
Tight-head prop Gareth Silverwood said: “Going out against a side who are on top of the league is always a challenge but Guy’s pre-match talk was about us needing to score three tries and we failed to do that.”