|1st XV Report - Sat 2nd Dec 2006 v Leicester Forest
Leicester Forest 13 v Wellingborough 14
Boro put in their best performance this season in overcoming the free scoring Leicester Forest. They found themselves defending their line for the first twenty minutes but with their defence improving beyond all recognition in the past month they held firm. It was Boro who took the lead when a tackle forced Forest to spill the ball and Steven Gall was on hand to collect and skip past two defenders to score in the corner; Pete Vickers was just wide with the conversion attempt.
Both sides were committed to open rugby and for once they had a referee who allowed this to happen. Boro did'nt have many more chances in the first half and were comfortably dealing with anything Forest could throw at them and turned around at half-time five nil in the lead.
Playing up the slope in the second half Boro were matching Forest but it was the opposition who took the lead through two quick penalties given for not releasing. This stemmed from Boro running out of their twenty two when boot to ball would have sufficed. However Boro regained the lead from a Vickers penalty and drop goal from Gall. Forest were expecting Vickers to attempt the kick but a quick switch of the ball saw Gall convert from the touchline.
Forest came back and scored a converted try to put them back in front but Boro were not to be outdone and regained the lead with another penalty from Vickers. With the referee playing ten minutes of added time it was a nail-biting finish for both players and spectators. Boro repelled everything Forest could throw at them and the final whistle came with Boro holding a one point advantage to take the spoils.
It would be unfair to name a man of the match after all eighteen players had played their part to the full. A good win for Boro in a game where the lead changed hands five times has opened up the top of the league.