Brotherly love sees Boro through to win
By Matt Armstrong
Boro entertained Market Rasen this week!
This week saw Boro welcome Market Rasen and Louth to Cut Throat Lane, Market Rasen needed a victory to ensure survival in Midlands 1 East whilst Boro wanted to end the season on a high starting with a victory of their own. The Boro team saw some changes to the Paviors game with Harry Bryan making his league debut on the wing, taking the count of brother sets on the Boro team to three.
The first half saw Market Rasen start off strongly and it was some tremendous defence that kept Market Rasen at bay. Boro cleared their defensive lines and strung together a number of phases and were awarded a penalty which Pete Vickers slotted between the uprights (Boro 3v0 MR). Boro's intensity at the ruck saw them awarded a couple of penalties and turnovers but Market Rasen controlled the possession and the pressure on the Boro saw a Market Rasen advance to the Boro line. After a few initial attempts to score and some great scramble defence Market Rasen were awarded with a scrum on the Boro line, Market Rasen took full advantage and scored a try to take the lead (Boro 3v7 MR).
Boro took full advantage when they next had possession of the ball, a wide pass saw the Bryan brothers move up the field. With the ruck formed Ben Taylor noticed space on the blind side and some quick hands from the backs saw Pete Vickers gather up possession and bowl over an opposition player on the way to the try line (Boro 8v7 MR). Market Rasen came back strongly and with their 10 dictating their play they advanced on the Boro line but the defence held strong with one attack stopped by a 'Double Bryan' manoeuvre.
Wellingborough 8 v 7 Market Rasen & Louth
The half time chat was all about sticking to our set game plan with Market Rasen not committing anyone to rucks it was difficult to find a way through the defence. The half started and with the team chat still ringing in their ears the forwards through Andy Fordham and Chris Shipman carried hard into the Market Rasen defence, some good hands from Ryan Mackie saw the ball spun left and Tom Bryan lit the afterburners to score a try which Pete Vickers converted (Boro 15v7 MR). Boro now had the momentum and were awarded for their positive play with a penalty shot from 40 yards out, however the kick was missed by Pete but the Market Rasen defence knocked the ball on and then compounded their woes by conceding a penalty 15 yards out which was converted (Boro 18v7).
Market Rasen upped their intensity as they now realised that the game was slipping away and it took some great defensive work from all, including the likes of Reece Parillon putting in a big hit in midfield to Harry Bryan making his tackles after his brother had gone off injured. When a first time tackle was missed the scramble defence would make up for it and the strong line defence meant that Market Rasen were held at bay. Boro did have their chances to score but with the pressure mounting it took a great last ditch tackle to prevent a Market Rasen try. However, with the final play of the game Market Rasen managed to score and convert a well deserved try (Boro 18v14 MR).
Wellingborough 18 v 14 Market Rasen & Louth
A good disciplined performance saw Boro take the spoils in this hard fought game, although the lions share of possession was with Market Rasen it was Boro who were the more clinical taking their chances. Next weeks game is the final one of the season and with both the senior teams at home it promises to be a busy Saturday!