Boro in 6 try win fest
Game 25 and a trip to Lutterworth
This week saw Boro travel to Lutterworth, a place which over the years hasn't held great memories but Boro went there looking for a much needed win. Selection this week was one of those that former captains, selectors, coaches of all ages hate, the one where you are still putting together a team together at 11am before kick off due to drop-outs, injuries, illnesses etc etc. This week saw a number of changes from the previous week, in the backs 'retired' Paul Lambert came back into the team for one final game, with Steven Gall moving to the week and Tom Bryan to the outside centre spot. In the forwards JC moved back into the second row and Dan Sims started in the back row. The bench was entirely changed with John Crabtree and Luke Smith being promoted from the A team along with Brendon Leslie who was making his first team debut, although it was touch and go whether I would be named!
Lutterworth kicked off and had the wind at their back and immediately Boro were put under pressure but some strong defence saw Lutterworth prevented from scoring an early try. A good break out of the 22 by Pete Vickers and Kieran Checkley saw Boro make their way to the half way line. However, Lutterworth attacked again and again the Boro defence held, the Boro forwards started to carry hard around the fringes and tip tackle on Matt Ellson saw Lutterworth penalised and a player sent to the bin. However, the penalty shot at goal was missed as it bounced off the upright!
Joel Smith was now taking the fight to Lutterworth carrying the ball and making yards with the other forwards in support but Boro could not convert this pressure into any points. In the end it was Lutterworth who opened the scoring, a missed tackle on the Boro 22 saw the Lutterworth backline take advantage to score a try (Lutts 5v0 Boro). This was soon answered back, this time Boro kept the pressure on Lutterworth who conceded a series of penalties, this time the ball was kept alive and after a couple of strong carries the ball was passed out wide right from Pete Vickers to Steven Gall who drew the last defender to put Tom Mair in the corner for the try (Lutts 5v5 Boro).
Boro now had their tails up and the front row of Ben Morton-Bright, Matt Ellson and Reece Parillon were pushing the Lutterworth scrum around and were rewarded with a penalty. The penalty was quickly tapped but the Lutterworth defence held Boro up over the line. The next scrum saw more pressure on Lutterworth and this time Chris Shipman picked up from the base and drove over for Boro's second try (Lutts 5v10 Boro).
Straight away Boro came back at Lutterworth, this time Chris Shipman made a 40 yard break and offloaded to Pete Vickers who made his way to the 22, again the pressure on Lutterworth as the penalty was conceded. This time it was quickly tapped by Steven Gall but the pass was knocked on by Kieran Checkley with the line at his mercy.
Half time was nearly upon us and Boro were still in the ascendency this time attacking the Lutterworth try line, strong carries by Paul Lambert and Chris Shipman couldn't get Boro over the line, but, Joel Smith collected the ball from the back of a ruck and launched himself over from 1 inch to extend the Boro lead for a vital try (Lutts 5v15 Boro).
Lutterworth 5 v 15 Wellingborough
The second half started off in a similar vein to the first half with Lutterworth being on top although this time Boro had the wind in their favour. Some strong resolute defence saw Boro hold out but a number of penalties were being conceded which meant that every time Boro escaped their 22 they were soon put back in it. Boro soon attacked themselves but were turned over and Lutterworth went back on the attack with their backs breaking free of the Boro defence.
However, the defence remained strong although the penalty count was creeping up, the next Lutterworth attack saw Tom Bryan pounce on an errant Lutterworth pass and take Boro up to halfway, but back came Lutterworth this time attacking wide but the ball was knocked on. With all this pressure it was only a matter of time before the Lutterworth try came allowing them to get within a score of Boro (Lutts 10v15 Boro).
Boro were now starting to creak and tire and needed to find some hidden depths from somewhere, and they did, Boro were awarded a penalty of their own. They took full advantage, a grubber kick to the corner by Andy Seaton looked like it was going to be touched down by a defender but Tom Bryan had gambled and raced through to dive and touch down the ball extending Boro's lead, the conversion from the touchline was made by Pete Vickers (Lutts 10v22).
The kick off was collected by Reece Parillon who burst through a couple of tackles but a penalty saw Boro pinned back into their 22. Lutterworth tried to force the attack wide but the play was read by Steven Gall who came in off his wing to intercept the pass and race 70 yards pursued by the Lutterworth defence, a little jink saw off the remaining defender and he dotted the ball down for the try (Lutts 10v27 Boro).
Lutterworth tried to answer back with a try of their own but a last ditch tackle by Tom Mair who injured himself in the process saw the chance go begging. Then Boro scored their sixth and final try, this time a kick from Pete Vickers evaded the Lutterworth back 3, Kieran Checkley had chased it up and picked it up off the deck to scorch clear from 60 yards to score a well deserved try, which was duly converted (Lutts 10v34 Boro).
With the game drawing to a close Lutterworth managed to score a try out wide after a couple of missed tackles (Lutts 15v34 Boro), this was then followed up a final try on the final whistle giving Lutterworth the bonus point (Lutts 22v34 Boro).
Lutterworth 22 v 34 Wellingborough
After the trials and tribulations of getting a team together it was a welcome relief to get the win, and what a win it was. A large crowd at Lutterworth which was swelled by the Boro U17s who had taken part in a pre-match performance saw Boro put in their best performance of the season. Strong resolute defence combined with taking chances when they came along saw Boro come away with a much deserved win. A big shout out must go to those players who stepped up to the plate when called upon because of them and the 'regulars' it made the win even sweeter! Definitely one of the proudest days for us all!
However, in two weeks the final game comes around and the same performance is required as any of number of teams could still get relegated!