Local rugby: Wyggs take a giant step on road to Twickenham final
Leicestershire are guaranteed a regional finalist in the Intermediate Cup after Oadby Wyggs produced a magnificent performance to beat high-flying Kenilworth.
A last-gasp Dan Parrington try ensured Wyggs won 23-21 on Saturday to set up a home regional semi-final against Coalville.
The winners of that clash on February 23 will take on Old Laurentians, who edged to a 17-10 success at Wolverhampton at the weekend.
Whoever emerges victorious will take on the northern section champions, with the winners of that game enjoying a big day out at Twickenham.
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Oadby's fixture against Kenilworth had been delayed because of confusion about the outcome of Wyggs' third-round tie at Bedworth and the recent poor weather, but it was well worth the wait.
Wyggs, third from bottom in Midlands Two East (South), were up against a Kenilworth side who had only lost once in their equivalent division.
The task was always going to be tough but, although Oadby were behind for long periods, a great display from fly-half Olly Mills kept them in contention.
Wyggs fell 6-0 behind before Mills kicked a penalty to reduce the arrears.
Two more three-pointers from Mills after the break ensured Wyggs moved into the lead, but that was the only time they were ahead until the closing stages.
A converted try put Kenilworth 16-9 up before two further Mills penalties closed the gap to a point.
Another try had Kenilworth 21-15 to the good, but Mills kicked his sixth penalty and Parrington did the rest to secure the win.
Coalville have not allowed the Cup to become a distraction and they benefited from a tremendous individual performance from Michael Richmond in an emphatic 83-5 win at Melton Mowbray in Midlands Two East (North).
Richmond achieved the rare feat of scoring a double hat-trick, while Chris Wykes grabbed a brace. Matt Chamberlain, Ash Lynds, Russ James and Joel Wallace were also on target. Sam Blackburn added nine conversions.
Coalville are now 10 points clear of nearest rivals Oakham, who kept in touch with a 36-19 win at Bakewell Mannerians after tries from Tom Burton (2), Ben Turnbull, Will Armstrong and Adam Stimson.
Leicester Forest could not close the gap on Dronfield as they were nudged out 28-20, despite 15 points from Callum Dacey.
The fly-half scored a try as well as kicking two conversions and two penalties, while James Coulthurst was also on the scoresheet.
There was little joy for bottom club Aylestone St James as they lost 49-3 at Nuneaton Old Edwardians.