Lutterworth Ladies - Sunday 24th January 2016
First League Fixture of 2016 - A Sound Victory
The Wellingborough Ladies first league fixture of 2016 was always going to be a physical and passionate affair, with both teams eager for a win. The home side kicked off, and before they had really woken up, a Lutterworth centre ran through a sizeable gap in the defensive line to put the first points on the scoreboard. The conversion was added. This seemed to shake the ‘Boro’ Ladies into action and the game really begun.
Big hits and hard runs from both sides led to a period of play where both teams looked to threaten each others try lines, but once the Wellingborough side had settled into the game, they steadily started their progress into the Lutterworth half. Good clearing kicks form the Lutterworth backs held off the home side’s attack for a while, but eventually centre, Chloe Allcorn smashed her way over both an opposition player and their try line.
Great rucking, phase play and support from the kick off meant that it wasn’t long before the away teams defence was under pressure again, and despite the referee deciding that vice captain, Alice Smith hadn’t grounded the ball, Wellingborough took the lead before half time, with flanker, Steph Cregan, wrestling her way over for the score.
In the second half, the Wellingborough Ladies really seemed to be enjoying working together, with phase after phase of beautiful play, amazing support and stunning offloads. Particular mention goes to fly half, Sammy Wilson, for great decision making and distribution, and to flanker, Emma Swann, for plenty of quality runs.
With most of the second half being spent in the Lutterworth half, it wasn’t long before consistent hard work from the forwards led to an opportunity for scrum half, Alicia Marsland, to dive over a ruck to put the ball down.
The Lutterworth morale seemed to be dropping, along with their discipline, and repeated infringements at the ruck earned one of their forwards 10 minutes in the bin. Wellingborough made the most of this, spending plenty of time in the away side’s 22, before captain, Rachel King, crashed over the line from a penalty.
Lutterworth motivation seemed to take a boost for a while, allowing the away side to push Wellingborough back into their own half for a few minutes. Consistent tackling, rucking and communication meant that the Wellingborough defence stood up to the test and it wasn’t long before the ball was back with the red and whites. Flanker, Steph Cregan’s, powerful running proved difficult for the away side to handle yet again; she broke through just inside their half and had the speed to finish it off, securing the bonus point. The final score of the game, came from Mel Gray, scoring her first try ever, off the back of some great team play, during which the ball passed through the majority of the Wellingborough players’ hands.
The match was a great test for the Wellingborough side, who thoroughly enjoyed seeing all their hard work at training paying off. They look forward to their next match, against Five Ways Old Edwardians on Sunday 31st January.
Forward of the Match: Steph Cregan - Flanker
Back of the Match: Alicia Marsland - Scrum Half
1 Elaine Addy
2 Lisa Stephens
3 Karen Stafford
4 Laura Herrington
5 Marion Roullet
6 Steph Cregan
7 Stacey Moore
8 Rachel King (C)
9 Alicia Marsland
10 Sammy Wilson
11 Monika Blazczyk
12 Chloe Allcorn
13 Alice Smith
14 Jenni Wilbur
15 Nikita Mcguigan
16 Stacey-Lee Fortune
17 Haley Booth
18 Emma Swann
19 Melissa Gray
20 Hannah Gilbert
Five Ways Old Edwardians Ladies v Wellingborough Ladies
Sunday 31st January 2016