Harborough Colts traveled to Old Scouts for a friendly fixture with 19 of their squad absent through injury, county call ups or illness and knew they faced a tough afternoon. Matters were made worse when 3 of their available 17 players turned up late leaving the Colts starting the game with only 14 players.. This was a very inexperienced squad with half playing out of position particularly in the back line but to their credit the game was evenly matched for the first 30 minutes. Scouts managed a couple of penalties to lead 6-0 but It was Harborough who were in the ascendancy on the half hour when they were camped in the Scouts 22 and only kept out by excellent defence and a knock which would have seen then score. Scouts then took advantage and broke through the Harborough line to race upfield and touch down under the posts. They doubled their tally from the kick off when they collected the deep kick and their speedy back line raced through the gaps for another score which saw then to half-time 20-0 in the lead. The second half saw the home side grow in confidence and Harborough begin to lose ground. The visitors managed to find gaps at will and ran through 5 further tries with 2 conversions and a penalty result in a 52-0 defeat for Harborough. They can take heart from the effort they put in and the fact that they will have many players returning next weekend that will hopefully ensure that they return to winning ways.