Wellingborough hosted Bedford Athletic in an East Midlands Cup game
Friday saw Wellingborough host Bedford Athletic in and East Midlands Cup games at Cut Throat Lane. Boro took the opportunity to make some changes and give some guys the chance to make a mark. Boro had met Bedford Athletic earlier in the season and were comprehensively beaten at the time.
The first half saw Bedford Athletic initially have the lion's share of possession with some good defensive work keeping them at bay. Eventually this took its toll and Bedford Athletic scored after a kick over the defence was collected and touched down. Boro responded quickly and after a series of attacking phases Kieran Checkley was released into space and he scored the try to put Boro two points behind Bedford Athletic. It wasn't long before Boro took the lead with Ryan Mackie scything through the Bedford Athletic defence to score a try which was duly converted giving Boro the half time lead 12v7.
The second half kicked off and initially Boro tried to increase the score but a combination of good defence and some poor mistakes saw Bedford Athletic score a try on the right hand side which gave them the lead. A long range penalty from Tom Mair fell agonisingly a few yards short after some positive play from Boro. In the final minutes Bedford Athletic further extended their lead through another try after a lapse in the defensive line.
Final Score Boro 12 v21 Bedford Athletic
Although the final result showed a loss to Boro there were a lot of positives to be taken out of this performance especially the improvement that we have made since that fateful first game of the season. Some of the players that are normally on the first team peripheral played well and will certainly make the selection meeting for next weeks game an interesting chat!