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1st Team - Match centre

R Mackie, T Bryan, B Taylor
P Vickers (2)
P Vickers (2)
Sat 13 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Boro slayed Biggleswade

It’s good to be back, first league game of the season and for once we weren’t playing Dunstable! Instead Boro welcomed Biggleswade to Cut Throat Lane

Both teams went into the game with the opportunity to put down an early marker. Wellingborough included two debutants with Ben Taylor coming in at scrum half and Matt Ellson starting at hooker.

1st half
Boro kicked off and managed to get some early possession but couldn’t make any headway through the strong Biggleswade defence. The early moments of the match saw some scrappy play from both sides as both sides tried to play their way in to the game.

Then a break down the left saw Lambert pass to Lambert who then passed to Lambert who then passed again to Lambert only for a non-Lambert to get involved and the move broke down. Boro kept the pressure on Biggleswade and attacked their try line only for wrong decisions to be made at crucial times causing Biggleswade to turn over the ball and clear their lines.

Both teams seemed to gain some momentum but this would quickly be lost as both teams seemed to turn over the ball, Ben Taylor managed to turn over the ball at a couple of scrums only for Boro to then give the initiative back to Biggleswade. Biggleswade seemed to target the Boro blindside when attacking but strong Boro defence meant that any attacks where quickly thwarted.
Boro managed to wrestle free of the Biggleswade defence but a lack of composure saw the play break down, however further pressure saw a penalty awarded to Boro which was kicked over by Pete Vickers (Boro 3v0 BW). This seemed to trigger Boro in upping their intensity at the breakdown and in attack but again a lack of composure saw some crucial errors made.

A break from Ryan Mackie after a quickly taken free kick saw Boro get closer to the Biggleswade try line but strong Biggleswade defence saw them turn over the ball. Biggleswade managed to clear their lines but a quickly taken lineout saw the ball switched quickly to the right and Tom Mair burst up the right hand side committing the Biggleswade defence to the breakdown, the ball was then quickly switched to the left and Ryan Mackie burst through the defence and stepped past the full back to dot the ball down under the posts, the try was converted (Boro 10v0 BW).

The final play of the half saw Steven Gall make a break down the right hand side only for his little toe to touch the line.
Half Time: Wellingborough 10v0 Biggleswade

2nd Half
After the half time talk Boro burst through the Biggleswade defence with Shaun Mackie carrying the ball deep into the 22. However, indecision and a lack of composure saw the attack grind to a halt. It wasn’t long before Boro were on the attack again and a quickly tapped penalty by Kyle Danns saw Boro advance forwards. The forwards drove the ball forwards and Joel Smith broke for the line before offloading to Ben Taylor who scored the try, luckily no TMO was available, the try was converted by Pete Vickers (Boro 17v0 BW).

This seemed to spur Biggleswade on and they started to make some headway into the Boro defence, a series of attacks were stopped by Boro but Biggleswade squeezed over in the corner for a try (Boro 17v5 BW). Straight from the kick of Boro were awarded a penalty which Pete Vickers converted to extend the Boro lead (Boro 20v5 BW).

A good box kick from Ben Taylor saw some confusion in the Biggleswade defence but again poor execution saw the ball turned over. However, Boro kept the attacking momentum going and driving maul from a lineout saw the Biggleswade defence tied in, the ball was slung left through a couple of hands and Tom Bryan scored his usual five yarder, the conversion was missed (Boro 25v5 BW).

Boro then started to push for the bonus point but a series of unforced errors saw Biggleswade break through the Boro defence to score a try which was then converted (Boro 25v12). The final passages of play saw the intensity go up a notch from Boro but any good play seemed to be curtailed by knock-ons and unforced errors. With the match drawing to a close a yellow card was awarded to Tom Bryan for a deliberate knock on.

Full Time: Wellingborough 25v12 Biggleswade
Ryan Mackie 1 try
Ben Taylor 1 try
Tom Byan 1 try
Pete Vickers 2 cons; 2 pens

If you talk to most coaches in any sport they’ll tell you that you learn most from the first competitive game rather than any pre-season games, and this game was a point in case. The game from Boro could be summed up as good and bad, the Boro attack showed some speed and good support when breaking the line and resolve in defence but the occasional lack of composure and poor decision making meant that the bonus point was missed.
However, it does show the ambition of this side that even with a win against a tough resolute Biggleswade team there was no whooping or hollering afterwards just a steely determination to eliminate some of the errors and poor decisions in training this week.

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Key moments

Try Ryan Mackie scores for Wellingborough
Try Tom Bryan scores for Wellingborough
Try Ben Taylor scores for Wellingborough
Conversion Pete Vickers kicks a conversion for Wellingborough
Conversion Pete Vickers kicks a conversion for Wellingborough
Penalty Pete Vickers kicks a penalty for Wellingborough
Penalty Pete Vickers kicks a penalty for Wellingborough
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As it happened

  • Wellingborough
  • Biggleswade
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  • Ryan Mackie Try 0:00'
  • Tom Bryan Try 0:00'
  • Ben Taylor Try 0:00'
  • Pete Vickers Conversion 0:00'
  • Pete Vickers Conversion 0:00'
  • Pete Vickers Penalty 0:00'
  • Pete Vickers Penalty 0:00'
  • Tom Bryan Yellow Card 0:00'

Team selection

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League round up

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Northampton Old Scouts 22 78
2. Wellingborough 22 74
3. Biggleswade 22 71
4. Lutterworth 22 61
5. Oadby Wyggestonians 22 58
6. Olney 22 56
7. Oakham 22 52

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