Derby prove too strong for Wellingborough
This week Wellingborough travelled to a Derby team looking for promotion.
Derby were this week's opponents, however, with three wins in a row the team travelled knowing that a result could be on the cards. Changes this week saw Joel Smith come back into the back row, Rob Armstrong start at 9 with Andy Seaton moving to the wing. On the bench Jezz Brookes was named as a sub along with debutant Ewan Pattison.
Derby kicked off and both teams initially made errors before Derby were awarded a penalty which was converted (Derby 3v0 Boro). Boro answered back immediately, some good play by the forwards saw the ball moved down the blindside with Ryan Mackie busting through a couple of tackles to score a try giving Boro the lead (Derby 3v5 Boro). Boro tried to press home their advantage but an injury to Pete Vickers saw a re-shuffle of the back line with Rob Owen moving to the wing.
The rest of the half saw Boro put under pressure by Derby but some extremely strong and aggressive defence managed to keep Derby at bay. However, a mistake in the defence eventually saw Derby score a try to give them the lead and this was followed up by a penalty just before half time.
HT - Derby 11v5 Wellingborough
Derby soon extended their lead with a penalty (Derby 14v5 Boro) but Boro came back strongly with Ryan Mackie slotting over a penalty (Derby 14v8 Boro). Boro had some possession of the ball but couldn't get themselves over the whitewash and Derby soon broke clear to score a try which saw off any hope of Boro getting something out of the game (Derby 21v8 Boro).
The final part of the half saw Boro start to drop off tackles and make errors when in possession resulting in Derby scoring two further tries.
FT - Derby 35v8 Wellingborough
Although the score seems to be quite emphatic, up to the 60 minute mark Boro were within 6 points of Derby, but as tiredness and fatigue crept in so did the mistakes. There were a lot of positives to take out of this performance which bodes well for future games starting with a fixture at fortress Cut Throat Lane against Newbold.