Armstrong Scores Late Late try to see off Stags
This week Wellingborough played Huntingdon at Cut Throat Lane.
5th placed Wellingborough welcomed 6th placed Huntingdon to Cut Throat Lane. Only one change this week as Dave Morgan replaced Mark Bartlem on the bench which also meant that ex Daventry and crowd favourite Ethan Roberts remained at full back, and it was also the second outing for the new scoreboard. Weather conditions were changeable.
Wellingborough were playing down the hill in the first half and it wasn't long before Huntingdon decided to use their kicking game but self tanning full back Ethan Roberts gathered the ball and put up a high kick which was soon regathered. Early pressure from Boro saw them awarded a series of penalties and the ball was put into the Huntingdon 22. A well worked lineout saw the maul formed and the Boro forwards propelled themselves forward for Kyle Danns to flop over the line for the try which was converted by Ryan Mackie (Boro 7v0 Stags).
It wasn't long before Huntingdon responded with a penalty (Boro 7v3 Stags), the next period of play saw penalties awarded to both sides and another up and under put in the air by Ethan Roberts. Huntingdon started to get on top as indiscipline from the Boro side meant that any route out of the Boro half was soon curtailed. It took a good kick out by Ryan Mackie to see Boro make any yardage and this was soon followed up by a penalty shot at goal which Ryan Mackie duly converted (Boro 10v3 Stags).
However, Huntingdon came back strongly and with the half drawing to a close Huntingdon were awarded a penalty which they kicked to the corner, from this a well worked blindside move saw a try scored which was converted (Boro 10v10 Stags).
Small note, it started to rain heavily so any details I have are very patchy, but early on Huntingdon were awarded a penalty which they duly converted (Boro 10v13 Stags). Boro then upped their intensity and physicality but a mistake saw Huntingdon take full advantage as another penalty was slotted between the uprights (Boro 10v16 Stags).
Boro were struggling to get any kind of foothold in the game and were further punished as a mistake in the defensive line saw Huntingdon break free to score a try (Boro 13v21 Stags). The weather started to take its toll on the half as both teams started to make mistakes, knock ons and penalties started to become more prevalent.
With the clock ticking Boro needed a response and they got it, a break from Boro saw some good passing between Ryan Mackie and Paul Lambert to put Tom Bryan into score a try which was converted (Boro 17v21 Stags). Again Huntingdon seemed to be thriving on Boro's mistakes with their backs putting the ball behind Boro and keeping them in their half.
Suddenly the tide turned and Boro were awarded a series of penalties which saw them progress into the Huntingdon 22. With the result seemingly heading the way of Huntingdon a scrum was awarded to Boro 5 metres out, Andy Fordham recovered the ball and slipped an offload to super sub Rob Armstrong who shot through a gap in the defence to score a try giving Boro the lead with 1 minute left on the clock (Boro 22v21 Stags). Boro just needed to recover the ball and clear their lines, the first part was done quite well, but then panic set in with second row Dan Pateman displaying the skills of Dan Carter in trying to carry out a cross field kick to his winger (there's a reason why second rows don't kick), but once common sense had set in the ball was recycled correctly and the ref blew his whistle.
Wellingborough 22v21 Huntingdon and District
Another home win at fortress Cut Throat Lane saw Boro consolidate themselves in fifth spot. Although this wasn't one of Boro's slickest performances this year and at times it was a struggle the team still showed great resilience and a strength that meant that they came out with a win through a typical Armstrong try worked out on the mean streets of Irchester!!!