Boro bounce back with 11 try win in wind
Boro entertained Old Laurentians needing a win to get the show back on the road.
Cut Throat Lane welcomed Old Laurentians on a cold and extremely windy afternoon. Boro made some changes with Pete Vickers back to fly half and Ryan Mackie moving to full back. In the pack, Kyle Danns had caught a bug at both ends so Craig Marshall moved to the second row with Rob Owen into the back row and finally Kieran Fereday started his first game at 9 this season.
Boro opted to go against the wind and slope in the first half which meant that OLs kicked off. Shaun Mackie collected the ball and trundled at the defence, a couple of phases later the ball was switched right and Luke Gardiner sped off down the wing beating a number of defenders to score the first try of the game which was converted by Pete Vickers (Boro 7v0 OLs).
Boro in their keenness to win the ball back from OLs managed to concede some penalties but it wasn't long before the ball was won back and some quick and effective passing between forwards and backs saw Tom Bryan put in a gap in the defence which he accelerated through to score a try to extend the Boro lead (Boro 12v0 OLs). OLs to their credit came back strongly and were awarded a penalty as the outside defence crept offside (Boro 12v3 OLs).
From the kick off OLs attacked Boro but the ball was quickly turned over and Ryan Mackie threw out a wide miss pass to a galloping Adam Lambert he drew in the defence before throwing another miss pass which went to Luke Gardiner on the right wing he shot past the defence before committing the covering players and putting Tom Bryan into open air to score his second try of the game (Boro 17v3 OLs). OLs showed some great courage and character with one player smashing back Luke Gardiner as he threatened to break free but Boro's good defensive and set piece work saw them constantly break free, one chance saw Tom Bryan in a jug avoidance move dropping a quality pass from Luke Gardiner.
It wasn't long before the bonus try was scored with another wide attack on the Boro 22 seeing Luke break free to sprint 70 yards to score (Boro 22v3 OLs). OLs in another bid to score a try were again turned over on the Boro 22 but Adam Lambert out in the backs couldn't get his offload away meanwhile on the far left hand side Andy Seaton was doing his best impression of someone not catching the ball. A stolen lineout saw quick ball spin out to the right and Luke Gardiner scooted away for his hat-trick try (Boro 27v3 OLs).
HT - Wellingborough 27 v 3 Old Laurentians
OLs came out in the second half reduced to 13 players after a series of injuries and straight away the Boro pack held up the OLs player. Again another wide ball saw Boro break free and a kick through from Boro was collected and a try scored by Ryan Mackie as the defence hesitated (Boro 32v3 OLs). From the kick off, Boro's bad boy Chris Shipman powered through the defence with a couple of forwards on his shoulder, Boro managed to get the line, quick ball left saw new outside centre Mark Bartlem crash through for the try, but with the referee unsighted the score was not given, a travesty of justice as Mark Bartlem had doubled his season's yardage in this one game alone, he was clocked gaining at least 10 cm, needless to say the coaching team subbed him in a bid to rest him for future games.
From the scrum a set move saw Andy Seaton pop up in the centres to put Tom Bryan in for his hat-trick, with Ryan Mackie converting (Boro 39v3 OLs). The next try saw super sub Kieran Checkley chase after a kick which he gathered before adding to his season's tally and again Ryan Mackie stepped up to convert for the extra points (Boro 46v3 OLs).
Straight from the kick off Charlie Baker found himself on the left wing and burst clear with a shimmy and a step, as the defence recovered Charlie offloaded inside to speedy prop Shaun Mackie, Adam Lambert not wanting to miss out on the front row action bust his gut and caught up with Shaun only to appear on his wrong side (according to Shaun) and the ball agonisingly missed his outstretched fingertips and then to cap it all the ball was pounced upon and quickly made it wide to Paul Lambert who dived over for the try (Boro 51v3 OLs).
It wasn't long before the next try was scored with Rob Owen turning over the ball again, quick passing saw Ryan Mackie score Boro's 10th try which he converted (Boro 58v3 OLs). The 11th and final try was scored by Luke Gardiner and after some good work by the forwards and a long pass from Ryan set Luke free to score the last try of the game (Boro 65v3 OLs).
Wellingborough 65 v3 Old Laurentians
On a difficult day Boro came away with a strong win against a courageous and gutsy Old Laurentians team, although the backs scored all of the tries it was an all round team effort with Mark Bartlem's trundles being a highlight. Next week sees Boro travel to local '£5 for entry' hosts Kettering, typically these games are tight affairs and require not only brawn but brain as well and this year sees Boro with the opportunity to draw level on points with Kettering. Training this week is crucial as Boro go into it with this strong win at their backs.