Rugby Lionesses - Sunday 20th September 2015
First Home Game - A Well Deserved Win
With a good home crowd, the Wellingborough team were anxious to prove, to both themselves and their club, that they are becoming a successful side, deserving of the support that turned out. The home team started strong, kicking off down the pitch and chasing with good pace and aggression. This pace and aggression continued throughout the game and strong running ensured that it quickly showed on the score board, with an opening try from prop, Elaine Addy.
Powerful scrums from the Wellingborough pack enabled hooker, Lisa Stephens to continue the pattern of last week, turning over plenty of opposition ball, and a well co-ordinated lineout meant that the home side, dominated in the set piece.
Forwards and backs alike played their part in successful runs and breaks, with great communication, support and physicality at the ruck meaning that possession was almost always maintained. The hard work paid off on several occasions, with centre, Chloe Allcorn, scoring 3, centre, Alice Smith, scoring 1 and fullback, Sadie Mansell completing the try tally before half time. Flanker, Steph Cregan, turned her hand to kicking and successfully topped up the Wellingborough points total with 3 conversions.
Much like last week at Old Newtonians, the Wellingborough Ladies dropped their level of play just after the break, and after a lengthy period defending inside their own 22, the away side finally broke through to score a hard earned and well deserved try. That seemed to be enough to shake Wellingborough back into action and even though a fair bit of time was spent defending in their own half, tackle after tackle went in and the home team defence stood up to the test.
Discipline around the break down then began to drop and both teams were warned extensively before flanker, Stacey Moore, took a team card for the home side. This should have tipped the game in the Lionesses favour but the Wellingborough Ladies rallied and worked hard to ensure that they got back to full numbers without conceding any points.
With 15 players back on the pitch, Wellingborough upped their game once again with incredible mauling from the forwards and amazing lines and breaks from the backs. Flanker, Steph Cregan, and winger, Shelly Skriabin, both crossed the opposition line to add to the try total from the first half.
With both teams eager to have the last say, the physicality increased in the last few minutes, with both teams putting in hard runs and big hits. Sadly this resulted in a injury to one of the away side’s players and she was stretchered off the pitch just before the final whistle. The Wellingborough Ladies wish her a speedy recovery and hope to see her back on the pitch soon.
The home side have much to take away from this game and should be ecstatic that their hard work paid off on the scoreboard this week. The atmosphere within the team is incredible and all of the players should be excited to see what their efforts and dedication can achieve over the rest of the season.
Forward of the Match: Steph Cregan (Flanker)
Back of the Match: Chloe Allcorn (Centre)
1 Elaine Addy
2 Lisa Stephens
3 Karen Stafford
4 Laura Herrington Garside
5 Evie Probert
6 Steph Cregan
7 Stacey Moore
8 Rachel King (C)
9 Alicia Marsland
10 Nikita Mcguigan
11 Jenni Wilbur
12 Chloe Allcorn
13 Alice Smith (VC)
14 Monika Blaszczyk
15 Sadie Mansell
16 Hannah Gilbert
17 Shelly Skriabin
18 Antonia Mansfield
19 Tyler Felton
Lutterworth Ladies v Wellingborough Ladies
Sunday 11th October 2015