Boro overcome Newbold in tough fixture
This week Boro welcomed Newbold to Cut Throat Lane
Boro made a few changes to their side this week as they played Newbold in the postponed fixture from last week. The backline saw quite a few changes with Andy Seaton and Ryan Mackie stepping into the 9 and 10 shirts respectively and the back three saw further changes with Luke Gardiner making his first start of the season with Ethan Roberts coming in at full back. In the forwards Andy Fordham came in at number 8 with Chris Shipman moving across to 6. This week saw the new scoreboard making its debut.
Straight from kick off Boro went on the attack, some good ground was made by Charlie Baker into the Newbold defence, some good hands from forwards and backs saw a quick switch in play allowing Luke Gardiner to burst around the defence and score the first points on the new scoreboard (Boro 5v0 Newbold).
The next period of play saw a series of penalties conceded from both sides, some strong defence from Boro saw Newbold prevented from scoring with Luke Gardiner prominent in taking the attack back to Newbold. Another good attack saw the ball spun wide with Shaun Mackie and Kyle Danns carrying hard into the Newbold 22. However, Boro's Achilles heel in the first half of conceding penalties saw Newbold take advantage to progress into the Boro half, then Newbold broke through some poor tackles to level the scores (Boro 5v5 Newbold).
This was quickly followed up by a Newbold try with their forwards taking advantage of complancy in the Boro team and mauled the ball over the line from a lineout (Boro 5v10 Newbold). Boro managed to some possession and were awarded a penalty which was missed but they were soon attacking again. However, penalties again ended any momentum with Andy Seaton sent to the bin for 10 mins. This seemed to spur Boro on and with half time beckoning some good continuity between forwards and backs saw the ball made its way to Tom Bryan who showed pace and power to beat the Newbold defence and score a well deserved team try (Boro 10v10 Newbold).
Wellingborough 10 v 10 Newbold
Boro now had the wind at their backs and straight away from the kick off the ball was span wide to winger Kieran Checkley who rounded his man and zoomed down the field to give Boro the lead (Boro 15v10 Newbold). However, this lead was soon shorted as Newbold were awarded a penalty which they converted (Boro 15v13 Newbold).
Both team seemed to encurring the referee's wrath as Boro were awarded a kickable penalty of their own which Ryan Mackie converted (Boro 18v13 Newbold). Newbold then receivied a yellow card of their own but still asked questions of the Boro defence and it took a great kick from Kieran Checkley to relieve the pressure. Boro then took the game to Newbold and set up camp in the Newbold 22, after a couple of quick rucks the ball was switched to blind side, Ryan Mackie dinked the kick into the corner and Kieran Checkley scampered through to score his second try of the game (Boro 23v13 Newbold).
Again penalties seemed to prevent any flow in the match with John Cartwright sent to the bin as Newbold pounded the Boro line, it took a great steal at the ruck from Ryan Mackie for Boro to clear their lines. However, Newbold attacked again but an errant pass from their back line saw Kieran Checkley pounce and then race clear of the Newbold defence sprinting 70 yards to score his hat-trick try (Boro 28v13 Newbold), please note that he has not bought his hat-trick jug yet!
From the kick off Boro pressed Newbold and a stray pass was pounced upon by Ryan Mackie who dotted the ball down before converting his own try (Boro 33v13 Newbold). With the game now won Boro seemed to ease off allowing Newbold to score their third try (Boro 38v20), Newbold now sensed their chance to get a valuable bonus point which would help with their push at the top of the table. Further penalties allowed Newbold to make their way up to the Boro line but some great defence prevented any try from being scored although the final throes of the game saw Chris Shipman shown a yellow card.
Wellingborough 38 v 20 Newbold
Another home victory saw Boro move up the table into 5th but more important was that even after some changes Boro managed to put in a good performance. Although the backs will take the plaudits for scoring the tries it was the platform that the forwards created which allowed the backs to have some freedom. Finally the last few minutes summed up the doggedness that this team has with all players putting in tackles and bodies on the line to prevent the score. (P.S. Checkers still owes a hat-trick jug!)