Boro's winning run ends to a strong Derby team
First game at Cut Throat Lane for a month sees Boro lose to promotion chasing Derby.
For the first time in what seems like ages Boro were back at Cut Throat Lane, this week they not only entertained Derby but also had to contend with providing the entertainment for 'Ladies Day'! Derby have been sat in second for a number of weeks with ambitions of playing in the league above so were always going to prove to be a strong marker for this Boro team. In the starting XV there were two changes with Andy Fordham moving into the second row and Craig Marshall moving to number 6 for the holidaying Rob Owensson. On the bench James 'Gary' Barlow stepped up from the U18s/Dev team to provide forward cover and Eddie 'G'day' Johnson provided cover in the backs.
Once the initial early scrappy moments from both teams had passed then Boro started to carry on with their good form from the last three games. Some early pressure saw the Boro make progress down the right wing before a blatant forward pass from Andy Seaton was spotted by the referee. Boro certainly had the lions share of possession in the first quarter with the forwards working hard to keep the ball, this along with a strong kick chase saw Boro exert some pressure. However, some strong Derby defence saw any progress thwarted, however, Boro were awarded a penalty shot which Pete Vickers converted (Boro 3v0 Derby).
Boro's kicking game was certainly playing dividends in keeping Derby at bay but a couple of sloppy defensive mistakes on the right saw Derby's outside backs break free, however a determined scramble defence saw the score being prevented. Chris Shipman #handoffcity managed to get Boro back to halfway but a mistake saw Derby take advantage. A missed tackle on the left wing saw the Derby backs break free, this was followed by some good interplay between their backs allowing the try to be scored (Boro 3v5 Derby).
Boro tried to get themselves back into the lead but were guilty of pushing too hard and inevitably the mistake was made. Derby took full advantage and pushed Boro back into their own half. After some sustained pressure Derby's forwards organised themselves to maul the ball over the try line and extend their lead (Boro 3v10 Derby). From the kick off Boro managed to get their hands on the ball and Derby were caught offending at a ruck, Pete Vickers stepped up to slot the ball between the uprights to bring Boro within a score (Boro 6v10 Derby). The final moments of the half saw Derby put together another attack but some strong resolute defence saw Boro hold out for the half time whistle.
Wellingborough 6 v 10 Derby
The second half started off much like the first with both teams making mistakes with and without the ball. Early Derby pressure saw them in the ascendency with Boro struggling to clear the ball out of their own half and keep possession of it. Again Boro's strong defence prevented Derby from attacking the Boro line but it was only going to be a matter of time before the score came. A mistake out wide from the Boro back line saw a missed tackle on the Derby full back, Derby took full advantage to score the try (Boro 6v15 Derby).
With the game now slipping away from Boro they put together their best move of the game with the backs breaking down the left hand side of the Derby defence, some quick ruck ball saw Charlie Baker break through a gap in the Derby defence only to be brought down within sight of the try line. Again some quick ruck ball saw Pete Vickers float out a wide pass which the galloping Craig Marshall gathered to score his third try in the last two games, Pete stepped up to convert the try and bring Derby within range (Boro 13v15 Derby).
A series of errors from Boro saw Derby again on the offensive but some solid defence, a feature of Boro in recent weeks, again prevented Derby. James Barlow and Eddie Johnson stepped off the bench to make their long awaited appearances but even they couldn't stop the final score of the game. A strong Derby attack on a Boro scrum saw them awarded with a scrum 5 yards from the line, Boro countered with a strong scrum themselves but Derby retained the ball and after a number of phases scored with the final play of the game to earn themselves a valuable bonus point (Boro 13v20 Derby).
Wellingborough 13 v 20 Derby
Boro came across a strong Derby team this weekend, and acquitted themselves well against a team with promotion ambitions. Boro did have a couple of chances early on in the game but I guess the difference between the two teams is that Derby took their chances whilst Boro didn't. The game was certainly a marker for the players and coaching team and showed that we are not to far away from those in the top 4 of the division.
In terms of performance and ambition this has been a great season for the team so far with some new young players being blooded and some good results against some good opposition, however there still a number of games to go and this team needs to take another step up in their play, starting this week away at Newbold. In order to do this the intensity at training and on game day will need to be ratcheted another notch.