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1st XV - Match centre

Huntingdon & District
Kettering
W Bradley, A Anthony, B West
Full time
T Morgan (2), S Rose
S Rose
Sat 14 Oct 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 (East)

Experience tells

Match report by Sid Millar

Matches between Stags and Kettering are always keenly contested, with some calling it the A14 derby. Certainly there is plenty of history between the two clubs, and in last year’s corresponding fixture Stags ran out 27-26 winners in a famous win. That day it was cold and windy, with a patchy pitch which suited Huntingdon well. This year, it was a calm and sunny day, on a much improved pitch thanks to the hours of hard work put in by club volunteer Chris Matthews, but which played very much into the hands of a very strong Kettering outfit.

Whilst Stags have lost seven important players since last year’s game, Kettering have strengthened their squad, with the inclusion of two players with Premiership experience amongst others. This quality was quickly apparent, as the visitors scored their first try in the first couple of minutes, and quickly followed it up with another. They were then happy to soak up continued Stags pressure, and seize on mistakes – three further tries were scored from distance by the Blues, which was frustrating for the home team, but well scored by their opposition.

Despite three tries in total for Stags from Wayne Bradley, returning from an operation, stand in Fly Half Alex Anthony and the ever fleet footed Barnie West, the fourth try and with it a bonus point was only one handling error away on a couple of occasions. However, it should be said that despite the scoreboard running away from Stags, they were always up for the challenge physically and plenty of determination and resilience was shown by this relatively young team. Kettering were definitely the best team that Stags have faced this season, and would be a good bet for promotion this year. The score line probably wasn’t quite a fair refection of effort put in to the match by Huntingdon, but there can be no doubt that the better and more experienced side won, and won convincingly.

Having played four out of the top five sides in their first six matches of the season, Stags now have a run of four games against sides in the bottom half of the table, and will look to kick start their season again with a trip to second from bottom Leighton Buzzard next Saturday.

Key moments

6:00
Penalty Simon Rose kicks a penalty for Huntingdon & District
31:00
Try Wayne Bradley scores for Huntingdon & District
32:00
Conversion Simon Rose kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
55:00
Try Alex Anthony scores for Huntingdon & District
56:00
Conversion Thomas Morgan kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
65:00
Try Barnie West scores for Huntingdon & District
66:00
Conversion Thomas Morgan kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Steve Chantler is awarded player of the match for Huntingdon & District
66:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Thomas Morgan kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
65:00 Try 22 - 0
Barnie West scores for Huntingdon & District
56:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Thomas Morgan kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
55:00 Try 15 - 0
Alex Anthony scores for Huntingdon & District
End of period 1
32:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Simon Rose kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
31:00 Try 8 - 0
Wayne Bradley scores for Huntingdon & District
6:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Simon Rose kicks a penalty for Huntingdon & District
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Huntingdon & District
  • Kettering
  • 0
  • Simon Rose Penalty 6:00'
  • Wayne Bradley Try 31:00'
  • Simon Rose Conversion 32:00'
  • Alex Anthony Try 55:00'
  • Thomas Morgan Conversion 56:00'
  • Barnie West Try 65:00'
  • Thomas Morgan Conversion 66:00'
  • Steve Chantler Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Rose, Simon Rose, Simon
Taylor, Ben Taylor, Ben
North, Richard North, Richard
Smith, Adam Smith, Adam
West, Barnie West, Barnie
Anthony, Alex Anthony, Alex
Morgan, Thomas Morgan, Thomas
Colee, Matt Colee, Matt
Shakespeare, Roger Shakespeare, Roger
Bradley, Wayne Bradley, Wayne
Brooks, Tom Brooks, Tom
Bentley, Doug Bentley, Doug
Chantler, Steve Chantler, Steve
Proietti, Luca Proietti, Luca
Smith, Lewis Smith, Lewis

League round up

Other Midlands 1 (East) results

104
0
Market Rasen & Louth
42
10
Leighton Buzzard
Syston
47
14

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Bugbrooke 7 15
9. Wellingborough 7 12
10. Melton Mowbray 7 12
11. Leighton Buzzard 7 11
12. Huntingdon & District 7 7
13. Northampton Old Scouts 7 6
14. Market Rasen & Louth 7 1

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