|1st XV Report - Sat 15th Nov 2008 v Derby
Derby started the stronger team and some poor tackling from Wellingborough allowed them to run in unopposed for a converted try. This woke Boro’ up and they started to launch some good attacks. Reward came with a try for Steven Gall after good work by the forwards. Chris Mears landed an excellent conversion from out wide.
The game was still level with half time approaching when Derby attacked from a lineout. The referee – who seemed to be in a world of his own all game – awarded them a penalty which was converted. He quickly followed that up with another strange decision which handed Derby a 13-7 lead at the break.
The second half started badly for Wellingborough as poor kicking and tackling gave the home team the platform to attack time after time. The visitors soon found themselves trailing 23-7 after another converted try and a penalty.
Boro’ replied through a Joel Dyer kick but Derby extended their lead still further and eventually ran out 30-10 winners.
There were few positives to take out of Wellingborough’s performance as poor decision making and - most importantly – poor defence cost them.
Andrew Fordham put in the performance of the day and was outstanding throughout.