Three defeats for local sides to end tough season in Midlands Three East South

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Deepings have the bragging rights over Bourne in their league rivalry as the rugby season came to a close on Saturday but that was the only bright spot as both sides lost heavily to superior opposition.

Stamford College Old Boys also ended their league campaign in defeat, goiing down 24-17 away at Brackley.

The Green Machine went down 72-10 to champions St Neots at Linchfield Road, despite two tries for scrum half Steve Corrigan against a side who went through the season with a 100 per cent record of 18 wins, with 18 bonus points in the process after winning each game by more than seven points.

Deepings skipper Gareth Silverwood said: “We had a good 20-minute spell in each half and it wasn’t all one-way traffic.

“Steve scored a try in each half and we were competitive, but it was a hard game and St Neots are a fantastic outfit who will do well next season.”

Meanwhile, Bourne captain Tom Dixon’s fears of a tough day in store on the field against Thorney came true with a 86-0 blowout at Milking Nook Drove.

Thorney confirmed their position of fourth in the table with a dominant display to claim their 11th win of the season.

Looking back at the season, Dixon said: “We won five games out of six at the turn of the year, then something changed and we stopped working as we should have as a team.”

Overall it has been a tough and challenging season for all three local sides in the Midlands Four East South Division, all finishing in the bottom half of the table.

Deepings were the best performing club in the league finishing 7th although that’s not the great achievement considering they dropped down a league last year.

Three points behind were Bourne in 8th, followed by Stamford College Old Boys in 9th.

Corby are at the foot of the table but with Kempston and Westwood folding as league sides this season both them and Stamford College should avoid relegation.