Injury puts pay to Boro run
Week 4, Friday Night Lights and the visit of ONs
This week saw league leaders ONs visit Cut Throat Lane for another Friday night bonanza! There were a number of changes this week mainly due to injury, Charlie Frankham moved from the back row to hooker, Adam Fuller started in the second row and Joel Smith started his first game of the season. In the backs, two of the guys injured themselves in the warm-up so a re-shuffle saw Connor Riley make his first team league debut at 9 and Andy Seaton move to 15 with Luke Smith moving from the bench to the 12 shirt. On the bench Jon Cartwright made his first appearance along with Ricky Beetson who was called up at the last minute.
Straight from the kick off Boro were in the ascendency and were awarded a penalty for their positive play, this was slotted between the uprights by Ryan Mackie to give Boro the opening score (Boro 3v0 ONs). This positive play continued as the forwards and backs linked together, Luke Smith, Ben Morton-Bright and captain Chris Shipman carried hard into the ONs defence. After a number of phases a penalty was awarded to Boro which was put into the corner, the ball was mauled from the lineout and after a quick couple of rucks the gap was spotted on the blindside and Connor Riley fed Chris Shipman for the first try of the game which was converted (Boro 10v0 ONs).
Boro were keeping the ball well as Chris Shipman broke clear of the ONs defence, however, ONs turned the ball over and it took a strong tackle from Darryl Raynard to prevent ONs from scoring. ONs started to gain more of a foothold and were quick to identify a gap in the Boro defence and then exploit it for their opening try (Boro 10v7 ONs). Boro tried to answer back but after some good play were turned over, ONs attacked wide to score a try and gain the lead (Boro 10v12 ONs), this was soon followed up with another try, a Boro mistake allowed ONs to have the ball and they took full advantage to score another try (Boro 10v19 ONs). With half time approaching a penalty was awarded to Boro which Ryan Mackie scored (Boro 13v19 ONs) but soon after Ryan went off injured after copping one in the face (think his face modelling days might be over!) causing Boro to reshuffle an already reshuffled backline.
Wellingborough 13 v 19 Old Northamptonians
The second half started and ONs soon took control scoring the opening try of the half to extend their lead (Boro 13v24 ONs), this was soon followed by another try 5 minutes later as Boro struggled with their reshuffled team (Boro 13v31 ONs). Boro tried to replicate the fluency of the first 20 minutes but were thwarted by some strong defence from ONs and again an error saw ONs break free for another try to further extend their lead (Boro 13v 36 ONs). Boro were now on the ropes and it took the guys to dig deep to put together some strong defence, and as the half progressed Boro started to gain possession of the ball and make inroads around the ONs fringe defence.
However, it was ONs who got their next score scoring out wide after exposing the Boro defence (Boro 13v43 ONs), but Boro kept coming back and eventually were awarded a penalty after some strong attack play, in addition an ONs player was sent to the bin giving Boro a one man advantage. Boro started to press for their opening score of the half and after some strong forward play Chris Shipman sprinted clear for his second try of the game (Boro 18v43 ONs). With the full time whistle due to be blown Darry Raynard made a break for the ONs try, he was tackled in the ONs 22, the ball was recycled and the Boro forwards carried hard to the ONs line, Connor Riley spotted a lack of defenders around the ruck and rounded off an impressive debut with a try, this was followed by the worst conversion attempt in history by Luke Smith (Boro 23v43 ONs).
Wellingborough 23 v 43 Old Northamptonians
A hard defeat to take, everyone gave their all in difficult circumstances and their should be tremendous pride taken from this game. A number of spectators commented that they could see in the first 20mins what we had been working on in training and as a team we should build on that especially into the next game away at Huntingdon.