Boro have tough start to season
Saturdays game showed Boro the level that they need to aim for as Bedford Athletic ran riot
A relatively mild Saturday saw Boro open their new league campaign away at Bedford Athletic. Bedford Athletic weren't that far away from the promotion spots in Midland 1 East last season whilst Boro were promoted after winning a play off against Coalville, so it was expected to be a tough fixture. A couple of last minute changes saw veteran Nick Murphy come out of retirement and Adam Lambert move from the back row to hooker.
Straight away Bedford Athletic scored a try as the Boro defence was trying to ease its way into the match, this was quite quickly doubled as Bedford Athletic took advantage of an error at ruck which allowed an Ath player to run 50 metres to score the try and extend their lead to 12v0. Boro finally managed to get hold of the ball and started to go through some phases but Bedford Athletic soon turned the ball over and were awarded a penalty which was converted. Straight from the kick off Bedford Athletic marched Boro back down the field and scored another try to extend their lead to 20-0. A fourth and fifth try and sixth try were soon scored as Boro struggled to contain a rampant Bedford Athletic team. A mistake by Bedford Athletic allowed Wellingborough a chance at the end of the half and an intelligent piece of play by fly half Peter Vickers saw Jez Brookes break through the Ath defence for Boro visitor’s opening score which was duly converted to make the score 39-7 at half time.
The second half mirrored the first half with Bedford scoring two early tries to further extend their lead to 53-7. Bedford Athletic then seemed to take their foot off the gas and as a result the ball was turned over allowing Wellingborough to break down the right wing with Paul Lambert crossing for a try which was converted by Pete Vickers. Bedford Athletic replied with a try of their own but a turn over from the kick off saw Charlie Baker sprint clear of the defence only to be hauled down with the line at his mercy, a quick recycled ball saw it moved right and Rob Owen barged his way over to cross for Boro's third try. From an unlikely position Boro now had a chance for a fourth try but a couple of errors brought about by a lack of composure saw this go begging. Bedford Athletic then finished strongly scoring two further tries to make the final score 70v19.
Bedford Athletic showed in this game why they'll again be pushing at the top of the table with some intelligent and smart play across the field. As for Boro the majority of the team experienced for their first time what it was like to play at the next level, with as many as four players making their first team debuts, two of those having left the colts last year.
This weeks training will be focussed on addressing some of the issues from Saturday along with getting our heads right for the home game against Matlock