Deepings delivered a dominant display to draw up their fifth Midlands Four East (South) win of the season 27-12 over Old Newtonians at Linchfield Road.
Unbelievably, the Leicester-based side arrived in Deeping St James one man down and with just ten minutes to spare before kick off.
That might have accounted for Deepings player-coach Nobby Coupland’s go-for-the throat approach which saw them put their opponents on the back foot straight from the kick off.
It took just five minutes for the Green Machine to score, scrum half David Gauchi answering his coach’s demand for his side to score from an early breach into Old Newtonians’ red zone.
Fly half Nick Dobie failed to convert the try but he was nearly handed the chance to make amends on 17 minutes when loose-head prop Kirk Green almost bulldozed his way over the try line.
Deepings did pay a price, however, when second row forward Joel Capper needed treatment for an eye injury inflicted in the scrum.
This was a cue for scrum half Steven Corrigan to put Deepings 10-0 ahead on 22 minutes, shaking off several tackles to run in a score.
Dobie kicked the conversion and then made it 15-0 to the Green Machine with a penalty on 27 minutes.
Corrigan, looking like former Coventry and England centre David Duckham in his prime, scored a second try on 34 minutes after some nifty footwork got the man nicknamed “ASBO” away from some poor Old Newtonians tackling to stretch the lead to 20-0.
Dobie’s conversion added another two points before the half, leaving the Green Machine sitting pretty.
However, two tries for the visitors in the first 15 minutes of the second half, one of them converted, cut the lead to ten points.
Deepings needed a spark to reassert their authority and it came from outside centre Dan Young who burrowed over after a scrum to make the score 27-12.
The last major act in the match was a try-saving tackle by another outside centre, Luke Whitby, which kept the home side in front with seven minutes left.
Old Newtonians’ defeat was confirmed after they resorted to bad loser tactics, breaking up scrums, complaining to the match officials and squaring up to the Deepings players.
So much so that the referee blew for full-time three minutes early to end a one-sided contest.