Boro stutter against Lutterworth
Boro welcomed Lutterworth to Cut Throat Lane this week.
The 1st team saw a few changes with Aiden McAvoy and John Crabtree promoted from the A team, Ryan Mackie came in at full back and Craig Marshall started on the flank.
Boro kicked off and straight away Luke Gardiner collected the kick but it wasn’t long before Lutterworth attacked the Boro defence but strong and quick line defence from Matt Ellson and Pete Vickers saw Boro turn the ball over.
Boro were then given the opportunity to kick for goal as the Lutterworth defence were caught offside and Pete Vickers punished them with a kick to give Boro the lead (Boro 3v0 Lutts). Lutterworth soon answered back with a try, the Boro defence parted leaving a gap for the Lutterworth 10 to shoot through and score (Boro 3v7 Lutts).
Boro started to get some good possession but were guilty of trying to get the ball out to the wings without fixing the defence resulting in Luke Gardiner having too much to do resulting in a turnover. Both teams spent the middle part of the first half trying to find ways through the opposition’s defences, but this only resulted in ball being turned over by both sides.
Lutterworth tried to tie the Boro pack in by using their impressive maul but Matt Ellson was quite impressive in ‘swimming’ though the maul to isolate the ball carrier and Kyle Danns used his body as a ‘road hump’ to prevent another maul from making much progress. When Boro did eventually get some good clean ball they attacked out wide with Craig Marshall prominent on the wing, this paid off as Boro were awarded another kickable penalty which Pete Vickers slotted over (Boro 6v7 Lutts).
Boro had shown in the first part of the half that they could up their intensity to clear their lines but when it came to attacking Lutterworth the play stuttered through poor communication and a lack of depth in play. Lutterworth took full advantage and built some pressure and were awarded with a penalty shot at goal which was converted (Boro 6v10 Lutts). This lead was soon extended as Lutterworth scored a try after an errant pass was intercepted with Boro trying to press into the Lutterworth half (Boro 6v15 Lutts).
Boro needed to answer back and Luke Gardiner managed to make some inroads into the Lutterworth defence after receiving the ball from a lineout move, this was quickly followed up by Steven Gall picking and driving after a well worked backs move. This attacking pressure paid off with a Lutterworth player being sent to the bin and the penalty being converted by Pete Vickers (Boro 9v15 Lutts).
Half Time: Wellingborough 9v15 Lutterworth
The second half started off with a scrum to Boro and another half break from Luke Gardiner, this was quickly followed up by another break by Chris Shipman but a knock on saw the ball handed over to Lutterworth.
Boro had the majority of early possession but the attack seemed to stutter, there would be some good play to get the ball out wide but then a lack of support or a wrong decision would see the ball turned over. However, a penalty from a scrum saw Boro presented with a penalty shot at goal which was taken by Pete Vickers (Boro 12v15 Lutts). Lutterworth then started to gain some momentum but strong Boro defence prevented any try scoring opportunities, Boro quickly turned defence into attack with Rob Owen sprinting down the left wing but two quickly conceded penalties stopped any progress.
The second half saw Boro attack Lutterworth but a combination of poor execution with ball in hand and around any rucks saw Lutterworth repel Boro quite comfortably. A missed kick by Pete Vickers would have brought the teams level but Lutterworth battled through to end the game with the points.
Full Time: Wellingborough 12v15 Lutterworth
Pete Vickers 4 pens
A better performance from Boro this week but a third defeat leaves Boro now chasing the teams at the top. Defence this week was a lot better and the team worked hard when scrambling back however, the Boro attack seems to have lost part of its ‘mojo’, and half breaks made seemed too lack support resulting in the attacker being isolated. Next week’s game sees Boro play in the cup which gives the guys an opportunity to regain some of that confidence that has been lost.