|1st XV Report - Sat 10th Oct 2009 v Paviors (H)
Wellingborough 23 -50 Paviors
On a dry and sunny afternoon at Cut Throat Lane, Paviours, arrived at Wellingborough, fresh from a win over free scoring Northampton ON’s a week earlier, finding themselves towards the top of the league. Wellingborough on the other hand have been suffering from a loss of confidence and a lack of self belief, so this contest was on paper, a one sided affair.
Straight from the kick off playing with the slope and a slight wind, Wellingborough dominated the early contest and open their account from a well worked forward drive releasing wing Dan Fitzhugh for his first unconverted try for Wellingborough in the left hand corner.
The Wellingborough pack were the dominate side in the early stages at the scrumage, lineout and at the breakdown, with driving runs from Paul Campbell, Toby Johnson Kyle Danns and Shane McLaurie.
Paviours did start to affect some control on the procedures and force themselves into Wellingborough’s 22 and Paviours work the ball down their ¾’s and centre W. Crossley force himself over the line for an unconverted try.
Wellingborough still enjoyed the better exchanges and extended their lead with 2 penalties from the boot of Jack Bryan making the score 11 - 5 until the 39 minute Paviours mounted a sustained pressure late in the first half and scored 2 converted tries from the open side G. Briggs and the hooker A Watts, converted by D. Gravney, (11-19).
The second half started as the first half, by good pressure from the Wellingborough pack and the good work of Rob Armstrong going up the slope releasing Dan Fitzhugh for his second try converted by Jack Bryan (18-19).
Paviours refused to be overcome and after a well worked move centre Crossley scored his second try wide unconverted (18 – 24)
In the 67th minute following a kick up field and excellent pressure from Wellingborough ¾’s Rob Armstrong gather the ball and scored an unconverted try making the scores (23-24).
After this score Paviours mounted sustained attacks putting pressure on a tiring Wellingborough side and after Shane McLaurie was sin binned in the 76th minute for being in a offside position not allowing a scoring opportunity to develop, Paviours scored 4 quick unanswered tries from G. Hill, L. Charity, W. Crossley (3rd Try) and a driving try from No 8 T. Wright, 3 of the 4 tries were converted by D. Gravney.
The score did not reflect the competitive nature of the game gave the final score of 23-50 the appearance of a one sided affair which it was not the case.