Boro lose to table topping Paviors
By Matt Armstrong
Week 8 and away at Paviors
This week saw Boro travel to their furthest away game with a trip to Nottingham to play Paviors, a team with ambitions for promotion. After last weeks victory the team still saw a number of changes due to injury, in the front row Matt Ellson came back into the hooker spot with Chris Shipman moving back into the second row. Connor Gordon moved back into the back row with Billy Hyman stepping back down to the bench. In the backs Andy Seaton moved to scrum half with Edward Johnson taking up is spot on the wing, in the centres Rhys Fereday started in the 12 shirt. On the bench Kieran Loveridge and Nathan Gardiner joined Billy Hyman,
Paviors kicked off but Boro managed to secure the ball and kept hold of the ball earning themselves an early penalty shot which was pushed slightly wide of the upright by Pete Vickers. Some good lineout work saw Boro march back down the field but Paviors soon won the ball and punished Boro scoring a try as a result of some poor defensive play (Pav 7v0 Boro). Boro tried to answer back and after a great scrum Dan Sims broke through the Paviors defence, this was closely followed by another half break by Chris Shipman into the Paviors 22, the ball was recycled quickly but Edward Johnson was bundled into touch as he stretched for the corner. This was only a brief respite for Paviors, another good scrum was followed up by some strong carrying by Dan Sims, this time some quick passing from Matt Ellson saw captain Chris Shipman hit some space to score a try (Pav 7v5 Boro).
Paviors attacked again but this time a solid defensive lineout saw Boro clear their lines, but Paviors constructed another attack and this time it took a Steven Gall attack to stop a certain try. Boro did manage to get some ball and a half break and kick by Kieran Checkley took Boro up to the Paviors 22. Paviors soon attacked again and this time made it over the Boro try line only to be held up, Boro did manage to clear the ball but Paviors scored from a lineout to extend their lead (Pav 14v5 Boro). This was quickly followed by another try for Paviors as an outside break a couple of missed tackles saw the Paviors player dive over to score (Pav 21v5 Boro). Boro tried to get back into the game but were met by some aggressive defence which at times bordered on offside. The half time whistle blew with Paviors nearly extending their lead.
Paviors 21 v 5 Wellingborough
The half started off in a similar vein to the end of the 1st half with Boro under pressure, however a strong set piece scrum and some strong ruck work saw Joel Smith earn Boro a penalty. Paviors kept coming back at the Boro team and eventually the Boro defence broke, this time Paviors moved the ball and scored a try (Pav 28v5 Boro). Boro did keep plugging away and Alex Bean managed to break clear of the Paviors defence but was tackled in the Paviors 22, this was followed by a Steven Gall run down the right wing. However, Paviors managed to kick the ball long and into the Boro half.
Boro started to tire as their defensive work throughout the game started to take its toll, missed tackles were now causing issues and a couple of those allowed Paviors to score a try (Pav 35v5 Boro). The kick off was chased well with Nathan Gardiner winning the ball but this was only temporary as a Paviors kick saw the ball bounce unluckily into an onrushing player for the try to be scored (Pav 40v5 Boro). Heads were now down and again missed tackles allowed another try to be scored (Pav 45v5 Boro) which was closely followed by another one (Pav 52v5 Boro) and another one to end the game (Pav 59v5 Boro).
Paviors 59 v 5 Wellingborough
Not a good performance, and the tries at the end certainly flattered Paviors but it was certainly a game that Boro didn't deserve to win. Hopefully, this is a one-off as the team host Peterborough next week and will need a win to stay in the top half of the table.