Boro romp to Rasen win
Another week and another game
This week saw Boro make their longest trip of the season to Market Rasen and Louth in North Lincolnshire. The journey didn't start well with the coach breaking down in the car park requiring a replacement so the players didn't turn up until 40 mins before kick off which meant the warm up was reduced to hands and team runs. Changes to the team this week saw Freddie Davidson come in for his first start of the season at hooker, in the backs Andy Seaton replaced Rob Owen on the wing and on the bench 2nd team captain John Crabtree came in for Andy Fordham.
Boro chose to play into the wind and the game plan was therefore to keep it tight. The early quarter of the half saw both teams make elementary mistakes and one of these mistakes was punished, Market Rasen tried to break down the blindside but a loose pass was thrown which Kieran Checkley pounced on, he sprinted clear to score the opening points of the game, the try was converted (MR 0v7 Boro).
Market Rasen started go through the phrases which meant that Boro has to scramble in defence, eventually Market Rasen where rewarded with a penalty which was converted (MR 3v7 Boro). It wasn't long before Boro answered back and stretched their lead with Pete Vickers putting through a lovely weighted kick for speedster Kieran Checkley to chase, he managed to get himself in front of the recovering defence to apply downward pressure on the ball for the try (MR 3v12 Boro).
Boro's tactics meant that they kept possession of the ball throughout the half with forwards looking to take the ball up close into the ruck, Market Rasen who had the wind were trying to show ambition with the ball but some strong defence from Boro pressurised Market Rasen every time they had the ball.
The final moments of the first half saw Boro construct a series of phases which took them from their own 22 into the Rasen 22, all players seemed to touch the ball with retention being the key. When Boro did get to the line the play was slowed in order to re-organise the attack which eventually saw Chris Shipman crash over for the try which was converted (MR 3v 19 Boro). Market Rasen in the last secs attacked the Boro line after a series of penalties had been conceded but some very strong defence Boro through to half time.
HT Market Rasen & Louth 3 v 19 Wellingborough
Boro were immediately put on the back foot as Market Rasen were now playing into the wind and keeping it much tighter, the first penalty of the half also saw the first yellow card of the game with Kieran Checkley sent to the bin for being offside. Market Rasen took full advantage of this and started to make inroads into the Boro defence which held strong. However, a sloppy missed tackle saw Market Rasen eventually break free to score their opening try under the posts (MR 10v19 Boro). Also, further punishment was forthcoming with Pete Vickers also receiving a yellow card.
Boro then started to use the wind by pinning back Market Rasen back and were awarded with a couple of penalty shots at goal which were missed but the third was slotted to give Boro a 12 point lead (MR 10v22 Boro). Market Rasen were proving difficult to turnover as they kept the ball but the strong Boro defence kept them at bay and eventually a mistake saw Tom Bryan pounce from 40 yards out, he sprinted clear of the defence to score under the posts with the try being converted (MR 10v29 Boro).
With the bonus try in the bag Boro started to throw the ball around and make further inroads into the Market Rasen defence, one great bit of play saw a long kick by Pete Vickers land in the dead ball area for Kieran Checkley to touch it down only for the referee to deem that he was offside from the kick. The fifth try wasn't long coming with Boro hitting the ball up either side of the ruck allowing some space on the blindside for hooker Freddie Davidson to exploit, he took off through the gap and drew the full back before offloading to Kieran Checkley who completed his hat-trick under the posts, the kick was converted (MR 10v36 Boro).
FT Market Rasen & Louth 10 v 36 Wellingborough
A good win which saw Boro move further away from the bottom, this win was built on communication and good decision making which meant that players could carry out the jobs knowing that others around them were doing theirs. Next week sees Boro travel to Matlock in another game that they need to win