Boro get derby blues
Boro travelled to Kettering
This weeks fixture saw Wellingborough travel to local rivals Kettering, Boro in fifth had the chance to beat one of the promotion favourites and jump above them. Traditionally, this game is a turgid tight affair and certainly the weather conditions weren't going to help. In terms of selection there were some changes this week with Kyle Danns coming back into the starting line up with Craig Marshall moving to the back row. In the backs, Andy Seaton moved from the wing to the centre, Kieran Checkley started on the wing along with Ethan Roberts and Tom Mair was back at full back. On the bench Andy Fordham and Tyler Ramoo joined Charlie Baker.
Boro kicked off and immediately the weather conditions dictated that this wasn't going to be a game which was going to be conducive to open flowing rugby. However, although the opening moments could best be described as scrappy Boro kept offending at the breakdown which resulted in Joel Smith receiving the 'team' yellow card. With their one man advantage Kettering started to make progress and eventually a missed tackle saw Kettering break clear to score a try (Blues 7v0 Boro).
The rest of the half saw pressure from Kettering and strong resolute defence from Boro, eventually Boro through Kyle Danns and Chris Shipman managed to progress into the Kettering 22. The referee saw an infringement and Pete Vickers slotted over the 3 points (Blues 7v3 Boro). Kettering soon responded with a penalty of their own (Blues 10v3 Boro), the final moments of the half saw a wide penalty shot missed from Pete Vickers.
Kettering 10 v 3 Wellingborough
Straight from the kick off Boro were back under pressure and Kettering were rewarded with a penalty which was slotted over the posts (Blues 13v3 Boro), in addition Chris Shipman was sent to the bin for 10 mins. He was followed quite quickly by a Kettering player for a no arms tackle. However, Boro could not get out of their own 22 as a series of simple errors saw any progress quickly suppressed.
All this pressure finally took its toll with Kettering breaking free to score another try which was converted (Blues 20v3 Boro). As the half progressed Kettering kept Boro pegged back and it took a monumental effort for Boro to break free of the shackles. For the first time in the match Boro managed to string together some phases and a blindside break saw Kieran Fereday release a rampaging Kyle Danns with a 30 yard dash to the line for a try which was converted by Pete Vickers (Blues 20v10 Boro).
Boro now sniffed a chance that they could get something out of the game but a mistake with the ball saw Boro back in their own 22. A scrum was awarded to Kettering 5m out and although it looked like the front row of Kettering had popped up first the referee awarded a penalty try to Kettering which was converted (Blues 27v10 Boro). The final play of the game saw another chance for Boro to string together some phases and this time Ethan Roberts was released into space on the right wing to score the try (Blues 27v15 Boro).
Kettering 27 v 15 Wellingborough
A game in which the only positive from Boro was the defensive effort sums up the performance. Having said that the two chances Boro were given were scored its just a shame more weren't created. Quite rightly the team were disappointed with their efforts and Saturdays game against Paviors is crucial in getting some momentum up to Xmas.
Slight change to training this week with Tuesdays session now on the astro-turf at Wrenn School starting at 7pm.