In their last league fixture of the season, Dx hosted high flying Wellingborough who came to Bidwell Park as league leaders knowing that only a win would guarantee them top place. Ds fielded a strong side who were looking forward to continuing their successful run. From the start the home side controlled the ball well and drove hard into the Wellingborough half, keeping possession through a series of rucks and mauls and doing well at the line out.
Somewhat against the run of play the visitors scored an early try which was duly converted but Ds refused to lay down. Hooker, Aaron White scooped up a loose ball and streaked down the left touch line and only a last minute despairing tackle from the Borough full back stopped a try. The Referee deemed the full back's tackle to be illegal and when fly half Leech kicked to the corner Ds line out functioned well and allowed prop, Herman to ground the ball following a driving maul. Leech was successful with the conversion. Almost immediately Ds veteran winger, Bateman seized on an interception opportunity and showed a clean pair of heels to dot the ball down behind the posts with Leech again successful with the exras.
It was now Borough's turn to dig in and with their dangerous three quarter line in full flow they scored two well executed tries, one of which was converted to give them a 14 - 17 lead at the break.
Full credit to D's young side who tightened their defence and with some no nonsense tackling from full back, Jenkinson and centre, Dominique leading the way. With the wind now in their favour they camped deep into the visitors' territory and second row, Clavey scored a try following some great effort from the pack, which was a just reward for a fine afternoons work from the young forward. Leech added the conversion and it was the visitors who, once again, had to dig deep in order to regain a vital lead. Once again the forwards carried the ball up well for the home side and following a five metre scrum number eight, Brinkley picked up and drove over for a well worked try. Leech once again being successful with the kick.
Borough refused to panic and now it was their turn to celebrate as they pulled a try back which was, once again, converted to bring them within four points of the hosts. As the game entered he final quarter it was all to play for with both sides contributing to a keenly contested and highly entertaining game. It was left to Leech to add the final score with a well struck penalty and the game finished 31 - 24 to Dunstablians shattering Wellingborough's hopes of a cup/league double, having won a mid week cup final against Kettering on Wednesday evening. It may have been one game too far for the visitors who took their defeat with good grace and for Ds it was a fitting end to a much improved second half to the season.
Manager, Andy Smith commented that he was incredibly proud of the way that the young squad had stuck together following a particularly slow start and he feels sure that the side can look forward to an even better season come September.
|Dunstablians 2nd XV||31||24||Wellingborough 2nd XV|
|Northampton BBOB 2nd XV||39||7||Northampton Old Scouts 2nd XV|