|1st XV Report - Sat 26th Sept 2009 v ONs (H)
Wellingborough 13 v 70 Old Norhamptonians
Wellingborough suffered their biggest defeat of the season as they lost 70-13 at home to Old Northamptonians.
The game started in the visitors favour as their forwards ran the show from the off. They were completing their own lineout before the Borough forwards had even arrived and they soon used this to their advantage as they scored from a catch and drive at the lineout. They soon followed this up with another two tries from a lineout and another from a push over scrum.
A 17 point deficit finally spurred the home team on and they finally got some good territory through the boot of Captain Pete Vickers pinning ON’s in their half. The pressure finally paid off as ON’s gave away a couple of penalties which Vickers converted to make the score 17-6.
But Borough again went to sleep and the opposition scrum half, who bossed his pack well all game, managed to dummy 3 forwards and break down the blind side to set up another ON’s try before half time.
Wellingborough actually started the 2nd half the stronger and Vickers again kept the visitors pinned down with some accurate kicking, but they could not convert the pressure into points and ON’s slowly came back into the game before the flood gates opened and they ran in try after try.
Borough tried not to let their heads go down but there was more of the same from previous weeks as missed tackles and poor communication let them down. Vickers did give the home crowed something to cheer about in the final few minutes as he dummied his way through a tackle to score and convert his own try under the posts.
ON’s wrapped the game up with 2 tries in the final few minutes to seal a deserved victory.
Skipper Vickers said afterwards; “I am extremely disappointed by the result. Some people will say the score did not reflect the performance but I disagree. ON’s are a quality side and deserved to win by this amount because we were very poor today. I’m not going to make excuses for the players because we know we let ourselves down.”