Old Newtonians - Sunday 13th September 2015
Ladies Create Strong Platform for Rest of Season
For many of the players, this was their first in a Wellingborough shirt and for some, it was their first rugby match. The odds were stacked against the travelling side, but the atmosphere within the team was positive, with everyone ready to give their all.
The match began with a long period of Wellingborough working hard to defend their line and after withstanding the lengthy attack, a single attacking opportunity was all that was needed. Following a kick down field by fly half, Nikita Mcguigan, a penalty was forced by good attacking pressure and the forwards showed off their handling skills to put loosehead, Elaine Addy, in a good position to crash over the line.
The rest of the half, the Wellingborough pack continued to show their dominance in the scrum with hooker, Lisa Stephens, stealing plenty of opposition ball, and although some good breaks were seen in both the backs and the forwards, the Old Newtonian defence was strong and there were no more points before the half time whistle and Wellingborough finished the half in the lead.
When the second half started, Wellingborough’s delay in switching back on cost them dearly, with an Old Newtonians prop spotting a bit of a mismatch and charging through to equalise. The Wellingborough defence improved in response, but lack of discipline, lead to both penalties and tries for the home team.
In spite of this, Wellingborough showed great spirit and determination and heads and efforts were never dropped. A good passage of play and an impressive maul from the forwards created the space that centre, Chloe Allcorn, needed and Alice Smith was strong in support to finish the job and score her first Wellingborough try.
Wellingborough’s lack of discipline then continued, with repeated infringements all round earning winger, Monika Blaszczyk, and centre, Chloe Allcorn, team yellows for not rolling and high tackles respectively. Being down two players is difficult for any team, and this sadly showed on the score board. The loss of Elaine Addy and Nikita Mcguigan to injury was also felt.
In the final minutes of the game, the ladies dug deep and the pressure caused the Old Newtonians to give away numerous penalties, getting increasingly close to their try line. As they moved backwards, their discipline slipped even further and a one of their players finished the game in the sin bin as Steph Cregan, wrestled her way to both a try and the final say of the game.
Both coaches and captains were impressed with the way such a new team came together to achieve so much. Although the final score was not in Wellingborough’s favour this week, the attitude of the team and the way they pulled together to play with heart and determination means that they have an amazing platform to build on for the rest of the season.
After the success of this week, Wellingborough ladies are looking forward to their first home game of the season, next week against Rugby Lionesses.
Forward of the Match: Lisa Stephens (Hooker)
Back of the Match: Alicia Marsland (Scrum Half)
1 Elaine Addy
2 Lisa Stephens
3 Steph Cregan
4 Laura Herrington Garside
5 Melissa Dee
6 Jenni Wilbur
7 Stacey Moore
8 Rachel King (C)
9 Alicia Marsland
10 Nikita Mcguigan
11 Shelly Skriabin
12 Chloe Allcorn
13 Alice Smith (VC)
14 Monika Blaszczyk
15 Evie Probert
16 Hannah Gilbert
17 Karen Stafford
Wellingborough Ladies v Rugby Lionesses
Sunday 20th September 2015
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