Oundle youngsters storm into a first East Midlands Cup final

Harry Winch. Photo: Mick Sutterby / mick@picturethisphotography.co
Harry Winch. Photo: Mick Sutterby / mick@picturethisphotography.co
Have your say

Oundle Under 17s reached their first East Midlands Cup final on Sunday when they crushed Kettering 31-0.

They opened the scoring after eight minutes when centre Josh Lynch carved his way through the visitors’ defence to score under the posts.

Eight minutes later man-of-the-match Lynch went over again and when winger James Keane touched down shortly after the issue was never in doubt.

It was 19-0 at the turnaround and further tries were added in the second half by hooker Charlie Richards and outstanding fly-half Gabriel Smithson.

James Maddigan slotted three conversions.

Oundle take on Ampthill in the final tomorrow (January 30) under lights at the Bedfordshire club.


Borough Juggers’ scheduled East Midlands Veterans Cup match against Vauxhall Cars last Saturday was called off when the Luton side withdrew, giving the Juggers a bye through to the semi-finals.

The Juggers ended up playing Borough seconds in a hastily arranged friendly instead and as expected the seconds ran out comfortable 40-0 winners with tries coming from Tiago, Jack Trolove, Luke Bailey, Ross Fudger, Perry Whincup and John Sismey.

What wasn’t expected was seeing Juggers stalwart Rob Warlow suffer a broken nose courtesy of his son Richie, who was playing for the seconds.

This weekend the Juggers are set to entertain Peterborough Lions Vets at Fortress Fengate.


Brothers Adam and Sam Peel, who both used to play for Borough, scored tries for St Neots as they beat Thorney 35-3 in the semi-final of the Hunts and Peterborough County Cup on Saturday.

Adam Peel also played for the Lions for a while last season.


Peterborough Lions youngster Harry Winch was in the Eastern Counties Under 20 team that beat North Midlands 40-31 at Shelford on Sunday.

They now play Northumberland in the quarter-finals of the National Under 20 Championship on February 15.

Josh Waller, who played with Winch at the Peterborough Regional College and who turned out for Borough a couple of times last season, was also in the Eastern Counties squad. He is now with Bedford Blues.