Lambert sees red as Rob cuts down Oakham
Boro welcomed Oakham in their latest league game and new it would be a hard fought game as it was in the reverse fixture.
A few changes this week meant that Adam Parker started at prop and Jon Cartwright was back in the second row with Craig Marshall and Adam Lambert back on the flanks. In the backs Darrell Raynard started on the wing.
The early moments of the half saw Oakham take possession of the ball, however, a scrum saw Boro exert some pressure on Oakham and the ball turned over. Oakham still managed to retain the ball but a strong powerful Boro defence saw all attacks thwarted. An early enforced change saw Ben Taylor leave the field replaced by Rob Owen with Paul Lambert switching to scrum half.
Boro then started to click through the gears and a wide pass to Rob Owen saw the ball offloaded to Steven Gall who burst into space and the Oakham 22 only for the move to break down. It wasn’t long before Boro were rewarded with a lineout close to the Oakham 22 and a good catch and drive saw Boro inch nearer to the line, a break off the back of the maul from Matt Ellson saw the ball quickly moved on to Paul Lambert who skipped through the defence to score the opening try of the game (Boro 5v0 Oakham).
From the kick off Oakham again retained the ball well but some more strong defence saw Oakham not take any advantage and then a quick turnover saw Steven Gall released again but the support wasn’t quick enough and the momentum was stopped. Another strong lineout from Boro saw Oakham infringe and the referee then produced a yellow card to reduce the Oakham numbers due to a number of offences.
With the set pieces being so strong Boro were able to spoil any scrum or lineout that Oakham fed the ball into, one such scrum in front of the posts saw Oakham give away a penalty which Pete Vickers converted to extend the Boro lead (Boro 8v0 Oakham). Straight from the kick off Boro collected the ball and quickly passed the ball wide to release Rob Owen (the new Luke Gardiner!) into space with 55 yards to go, he managed to round his opposite winger, hand off the full back and burst past the covering defence to score a try under the posts which was converted by Pete Vickers (Boro 15v0 Oakham)
Half Time Score
Wellingborough 15 v 0 Oakham
The half time chat focussed on pressing home the Boro advantage and ensuring that Oakham were kept to nil. The kick off was fielded by Craig Marshall and straight away Boro were on the attack. A break by Rob Owen into the Oakham 22 saw Boro try to extend their lead but the wrong options were taken and the chance to extend the lead went begging. Boro had found that they could take advantage of a struggling Oakham defence and again found that out wide there was space which Steven Gall was using to get Boro on the front foot. However, a number of dropped balls and poor decision-making saw Boro hand over the ball to Oakham.
Positive play from Boro was rewarded with a series of scrums close to the Oakham line, Boro took full advantage and pushed the Oakham scrum back over their own try line allowing Chris Shipman to dot the ball down, Pete Vickers converted the try (Boro 22v0 Oakham). The next kick off saw Craig Marshall field it again but poor hands saw any progress halted. It wasn’t long before Boro got the vital bonus point, Andy Seaton fielded an Oakham kick and Chris Shipman broke through the defence before offloading to Mark Bartlem who trundled the ball on further. Quick ball from the ruck saw the ball shifted wide for Tom Bryan to score the try and extend the Boro lead (Boro 29v0 Oakham).
Straight from the kick off Adam Lambert went down like a shot as the ball rebounded into his goolies, a few moments of rest saw him revived. With the bonus point in the bag Boro seemed to ease up and the next 10 minutes saw scrappy play from both sides, the only moment of any real interest being Craig Marshall’s yellow card.
Oakham tried to take advantage with Boro being down to 14 but some good defensive play out wide saw the ball turned over and Rob Owen burst through a gap in the defence, however, poor hands and a forward pass saw a promising piece of play brought back. Frustration eventually boiled over as Boro tried to get some quick ball from a ruck and Paul Lambert was red-carded for striking an Oakham player. Oakham again tried to take advantage but some exceptionally strong goal line defence saw the ball turned over.
The final play of the game saw a break from Matt Ellson, and the speedy hooker drew the defence before passing to Rob Owen who finished the game off with a flourish and a try which was converted (Boro 36v0 Oakham).
Wellingborough 36 v 0 Oakham
Paul Lambert 1 try
Rob Owen 2 tries
Chris Shipman 1 try
Tom Bryan 1 try
Pete Vickers 1 pen, 4 cons
Commentators always say that ‘it’s a good sign when you can play badly and win’, and this probably sums up the game. Although there were some good passages of play from Boro it wasn’t a vintage performance, it does feel when watching that at some point the complete performance is going to occur and someone in the league is going to take a thrashing off us. Next week sees no 1st team game but the A team should have a fixture and there are many guys within the team who are pressing for inclusion into the 1st team so it would be great if you could come along and support them.
Written by Matt Armstrong