Kyle ends on a high with a try
Kyle Danns last league game saw Boro travel to the picturesque Matlock for another Midlands East One clash.
This week saw Boro travel to Matlock on a miserable and wet Saturday. Boro knew that Matlock needed a win to get themselves away from the bottom three, but Boro needed a win to maintain the momentum from last week and for departing Kyle Danns. A few changes this week saw Andy Seaton move into the 9 slot with Tom Mair stepping into the wing shirt. In the forwards Andy Fordham came into the second row and Rob Owen on the flank. On the bench Jonny Bolton came in for his first league appearance of the season.
Boro kicked off and straight away Matlock broke free of the Boro defence and were awarded with a penalty for their positive play, however, the kick was missed. Boro soon answered back with some positive play of their own as Kieran Checkley gathered a cross field kick from Pete Vickers only to be pulled back for an offside with the line at his mercy. Both teams were keen to get on top and although conditions meant that some of the play was scrappy Boro still managed to break free with Kieran Checkley making a 50 yard dash before cutting infield through the defence, however, the final pass wasn't delivered accurately and the try went begging. However, Boro maintained the pressure at the scrum and lineout and were awarded with a penalty which Pete Vickers slotted over (Mat 0v3 Boro).
This time from the kick off Rob Owen broke clear and ran 70 yards to the line but the covering defence managed to make it back and tackle him with 10 yards to go, this went unrewarded as the referee deemed that he had held onto the ball in the tackle even though the tackler had let him go. The next period saw some end to end rugby and Matlock took full advantage as a well constructed attack saw them break through the defence to score a try in the corner (Mat 5v3 Boro).
With the game seemingly tight it took another break from Kieran Checkley to swing the momentum Boro's way with another searing break and although the ball was knocked on over the line Boro were now ensconced in the Matlock 22. It took some good attacking play and good passing to get Boro up to the line and some quick ball saw Andy Fordham crash over for a try which was converted by Pete Vickers (Mat 5v10 Boro). The remaining moments of the half saw some good play from both sides but crucial mistakes from both saw no more points scored in the half.
Matlock 5 v 10 Wellingborough
The second half saw Boro have the early impetus and their positive play was rewarded with a penalty as Matlock were caught offside , Pete Vickers stepped up to slot the ball over and increase the Boro lead (Mat 5v13 Boro). Matlock responded with an attack of their own but Craig Marshall turned the ball over to sprint towards the halfway line. Further breaks from the forwards saw Boro make headway into the Matlock 22 but the final pass seemed to go astray at the crucial moment.
A break from Tom Bryan saw Boro go close again and it took some strong Matlock defence to deny Boro the try, one attack saw Kyle Danns held up over the line. Boro were now pushing to extend their lead but again were held up over the line not once but twice. Frustrations started to boil over as Angry Andy Seaton decided that some shoving, pushing and cuddling was required to bring some heat to the occasion, the referee soon calmed the situation down and it wasn't long before Boro were awarded with a penalty 45 yards out. Pete Vickers stepped up but the ball dropped short however some strong defence saw Matlock still under pressure.
Another attack from Boro saw the ball spun wide to Kieran Checkley who raced over in the corner only for the touch judge to deem that his foot was in touch. The lineout was spoiled by the Boro forwards and from the ensuing scrum the forwards managed to get some momentum with Kyle Danns being propelled over the line for not only his last league try but also crucially the score that would put Boro out of sight, the try was converted (Mat 5v20 Boro). The final moments of the match saw Matlock on the attack but Boro's defence was resolute and held out for the victory.
Matlock 5 v 20 Wellingborough
So that was the final game for 2015 and what a year, promotion to Midlands One East and mid-table at Xmas, the Senior team has certainly had a successful year and the last few months has shown that not only can the team cope with this league but can thrive as well. This success has been down to hard work and determination and one player in the team certainly typifies this, Kyle Danns. As many of you know Kyle has been playing at WRFC for 20 years and has been a crucial player and member of the WRFC family, his dedication and attitude at training and when playing is something that many young players should aspire to. He, Janita and Xavier will be missed by all of us but we wish him well down under, its been a pleasure.
As for the team, they now get a well earned rest and will be back in training in the New Year with us all wanting to keep this run going. Anyway a Happy Xmas and a Happy New Year from us all!
P.S. There is one final chance to play with Kyle - the Boxing Day games - details to follow soon