Boro’ Bounce Back With Convincing Home Win!
Wellingborough 1st XV impressed a home crowd with a bonus point win over Matlock, prevailing 35-7.
Report: Ben Taylor
Wellingborough 1st XV impressed a home crowd with a bonus point win over Matlock, prevailing 35-7. ‘Boro have replied after a heavy opening day defeat away to Bedford Athletic, showing promise through attractive attacking rugby. Matlock, however, were quick to set out their stall as they put pressure on the home side from the kick off and progressed down the pitch. ‘Boro were penalised and the Matlock No.8 managed to cross the line from 5 meters out. Matlock converted (7-0) ‘Boro regrouped under the posts and from the kick off, put several phases together. After some positive running rugby, spreading the ball from touchline to touchline, Tom Bryan evaded his man and crossed over for ‘Boro’s first score. Vickers hit the post with his conversion attempt. (7-5) ]
Matlock looked to reply and started to move the ball wide, however Wellingborough quickly turned the ball over and got back on the attack. Some more quality handling allowed Fly-half Pete Vickers to wrap around and cross over for his first score. He converted his own try and put ‘Boro into the lead (12-7) Matlock continued their more adventurous rugby in an attempt to get back in to the lead, however blindside flanker Jezz Brookes alleviated pressure with impressive ruck work forcing a penalty for not releasing the ball. This allowed Wellingborough to get back in the opposition half. The ‘Boro line out produced more clean ball for scrumhalf Rob Armstrong and after many phases pressurising the defence, the ball was spread wide once again with three long, looping passes that allowed Ethan Roberts to dot down in the corner. Conversion missed (17-7)
Matlock looked to reduce the deficit by taking a quick tap penalty on their own five-meter line. ‘Boro reacted setting their defensive line and through great work from the forwards, they turned the ball over quickly and passed it out to Pete Vickers, who crossed for his second score of the game. Vickers converted (24-7). Boro ended the half with the four-try bonus point sealed, taking almost every opportunity to score.
Wellingborough started the second half as they ended the first with some sustained pressure in the opposition’s half. 45 minutes in ‘Boro received a penalty in Matlock’s half, and with the bonus point already sealed, they opted for goal and Pete Vickers slotted a penalty. (27-7) Another mistake from the injury stricken Matlock backline caused them to knock the ball on. The Wellingborough forward pack forced another penalty from the scrummage allowing Pete Vickers to pick up his second penalty of the game, and further extend the lead. (30-7) Matlock then came back at Wellingborough from the kick off and looked to salvage the game. They reverted to the tight play that led to their early score sending close runners from deep, into the defence. However, the ‘Boro forwards work in the ruck led to yet another turnover, and the backs spread the ball wide to a dizzy Darrel Raynard who burst up the touchline to put the home team back in Matlock’s half. Everyone was glad to see Raynard back on the pitch playing well after a nasty injury in pre-season.
‘Boro continued to progress towards the line and quick thinking from Rob Armstrong allowed second row Andy Fordham to crash over the line, and put the game out of reach for Matlock. Conversion missed. (35-7) As the game entered the final quarter, it started to slow, as the final result was becoming clear. Wellingborough’s adventurous play started to produce mistakes as they attempted to extend their lead. Dan Pateman entered the game making a few excellent low tackles on his 1st XV debut. Good game management and kicking from Armstrong and Vickers kept Matlock in their half and allowed ‘Boro to see out the game. The game was put to bed in the final stages, when the Matlock second row was yellow carded for slowing play.
All in all, Wellingborough can feel satisfied with their first home win. The forwards performed well and created a platform for the backs to execute and score with flair and efficiency.