2nd preseason game and another win
In Wellingborough’s second preseason friendly they took on a Milton Keynes side at Cut Throat Lane.
A tough work out last week had left a few players battered and bruised so this week was an opportunity for some other players to push for a starting spot for the 1st team. It was also a chance for a few more cobwebs to be blown off and to put into practice some of the training paddock moves.
For the first two quarters Wellingborough were against the wind but started off strongly putting pressure on Milton Keynes. However, handling errors cost Wellingborough and Milton Keynes took advantage by being quick on the break. When Wellingborough did string a couple of phases together they progressed quite quickly up the field, one break by Connor Aldrich set up Tom Mair who fumbled the ball with the line at his mercy. Wellingborough did show some great lineout work throughout the quarter with Kyle Danns managing to steal a couple of lineouts. One lineout lead to a maul, which then saw the ball spun wide with Andy Seaton putting Luke Gardiner in space for the first score.
Score: Wellingborough 5v0 Milton Keynes
Wellingborough kept the same team for the second quarter but Milton Keynes seemed to react to the break much more quickly. Some sustained pressure from Milton Keynes saw them scoring a well worked try which they converted. However, Wellingborough came back into the half and a series of phases saw Wellingborough camped on the Milton Keynes line. The forwards took the ball on a couple of phases before Paul Campbell crashed over for a try. From the kick off Wellingborough again put themselves under pressure with missed first up tackles and handling errors and Milton Keynes scored another good try just before the half time whistle was blown.
Score: Wellingborough 10v12 Milton Keynes
Changes were made at the break by Wellingborough with some of last year’s colts getting their opportunity to impress. This resulted in a couple of early chances for Wellingborough to score but again poor handling meant that the final pass was executed incorrectly. Eventually Wellingborough managed to work through a couple of phases with Tom Bryan being released on the left wing to beat a couple of Milton Keynes players and score on his debut for the 1st team. Pete Vickers converted. Good restart work and possession of the ball meant that Wellingborough could put Milton Keynes under pressure but Milton Keynes defensive work resulted them in being able to clear their lines. However, towards the end of the quarter Tom Mair made a break which was well supported by Kyle Danns, further inroads were made by the forwards and the ball eventually made its way to Aiden McAvoy who dotted down over the whitewash with Tom Mair converting.
Score: Wellingborough 24v12 Milton Keynes
In the final quarter Wellingborough made a couple of tweaks to the playing line up, again Wellingborough used the ball well pinning back Milton Keynes. However, yet again poor handling meant that Milton Keynes could break out resulting in some good scramble defence from Wellingborough. However, a break from Tom Bryan on the Wellingborough 22 eventually saw Connor Aldrich given the ball with a run into the corner but a well executed tackle by the Milton Keynes fullback result in the try not being scored. The ball came back into Wellingborough’s possession and this time a series of composed attacks resulted in a break by Tom Bryan who picked up his second try to extend Wellingborough’s lead. At the end of the quarter a well worked backs move saw Tom Bryan pick up his third try which was converted.
Wellingborough 36v12 Milton Keynes
Tom Bryan 3 tries
Aiden McAvoy 1 try
Paul Campbell 1 try
Pete Vickers 1 Con
Tom Mair 2 Cons
An excellent win for Wellingborough against Milton Keynes, a side who have just missed out on promotion from their division last season. The game result and the performance of some players has definitely caused some selection headaches but shows the strength in depth that the Wellingborough side has this season. There are still a lot of things to work on and training over the next couple of weeks is crucial as we want to hit the season running.
A big thank you to Milton Keynes for travelling to play us and good luck to them for the season ahead and to Mark Croxen for stepping in at the last minute and refereeing the match.