The final encounter in the 2011/2012 season saw Queens entertain Daventry. Daventry were always going to be a stern test having performed well throughout the season, finishing in a respectful 5th.
After Queens drubbing from Biggleswade the previous week they were desperate to finish the season on a high. The inclusion of Mick Norman ensured the boys would be fired up, if a little bruised in the warm up (Me!)
It was evident from the outset it would be a close encounter as both sides enjoyed phases of possession and spells of domination without ever really threatening to cross the white line.
Queens lineout proved to be effective as all catch and drives bought yards and put the backs on the front foot. Queens had a couple of chances to put points on the board before the half but a lack of composure and incorrect decision making thwarted any opportunities. Queens must have felt disappointed when the half time whistle blew with the score 3-3.
The second half opened up and both sides began to spread the ball, until the rain made this virtually impossible.
It was Daventry who drew first blood, cutting through the Queens Midfield defence and crossing under the sticks. The kick was converted and Daventry held a 7 point lead.
Queens forwards rumbled well but continually fell at the final hurdle, knocking on or getting turned over as chances illumed. Big Jon Filsell crossed the line but was held up and the athletic Dan James was unlucky not to score as the ref classed his attempt to reach the line as a double movement.
Finally Queens turned their pressure into points as Tight Head (and eventual season top try scorer) John Fisk bumped through a last ditch tackle to crash over. David Morrish nailed the kick and thankfully, not long after, expertly dispatched a penalty kick to give Queens a 1 point lead. John Fisk could have bagged another try late on if he didn't knock on what can only be described as an inch perfect pass from his beloved captain. Maybe the pace of the pass was too much for him??
A few nervy moments followed but good grit and determination prevailed and Queens came through 11-10 victors. By no means a pretty performance but it was great to see the side bounce back from their loss the week before and produce such a gutsy display, something that has become synonymous with Queens since the Christmas break.
Thank you to all those who played/coached for Queens this season and all those who have supported.
See you all at pre season!!!! ????