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Hereford
Market Bosworth
Sat 22 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 1 West Full time

Bosworth's tough trip to Hereford

Bosworth loose 59 - 19 away at Hereford

Bosworth took the long journey across the Midlands to Midland One West Play-off contenders Hereford. A daunting task for Bosworth's young lions who always play with great heart despite many defeats the have suffered this season.

The Bosworth changes from last weeks game was; in the backs, Blackler moved to wing in place of the injured Gutteridge. Following his impressive performance last week Tom Harvey started on the other wing with Comley moving to full back. In the centres Moore replaced Williams and Hilyer replaced G. Goodman at scrum half. In the forwards, captain S. Harding returned at prop replacing Handford. Kirby replaced Murray as the other prop. Driver and Tales retuned in the second row and the back row consisted of Devlin, Ballance and W. Saunders. Amongst the replacements was Summers who has returned to the side following a few weeks out and Stack

Hereford set about the visitors with determination that had the visitors pinned back in their own 22 for the first few minutes of the game. It was only resolute tackling that kept them from scoring with Josh Devlin, Sam Balance and Chris Harding putting numerous tackles defiantly holding them out.

It was a clearance kick by C. Harding down the right that relieved the pressure and Wing Tom Harvey following up collected a lucky bounce of the ball to outpace the cover and open the scoring with a try which Harding converted and lead 0-7.

Hereford used the score to galvanise their play and only minutes later levelled with some fine back play which split the visitors defence when the pacey wing had a clear run down the right.. Hereford continued to attack Bosworth with sustained pressure. The visitors stout defence led by Back Row trio of Josh Devlin, Sam Balance and Jim Driver kept them at bay until the last 10 minutes of the half when they finally capitulated to the Hereford force. A tap penalty by the scrum half caught them napping and over he went for them to lead 14-7.
Bosworth started their own attack only for an handling error was picked up by Hereford Backs and led to the Wing sprinting over for a try despite the attention of Chris Moore effort to stop him.19-7. More impressive back play from the hosts capitalised on the visitors handling errors that led to three tries including two breakaway tries as Bosworth attacked the Hereford line. The half time score was 40-7. A score which flattered the hosts and belittled the Bosworth effort.

Bosworth came out in the second half with a mountain to climb but they are a team full of heart and once again as they attacked the Hereford line another handling error was picked up by their centre who raced away for another converted try. 47-7. This was quickly followed by another break that sent the wing away and the score to 52-7.

Bosworth continued to battle away and were finally rewarded in last ten minutes of the game when the managed a breakthrough with the forwards; Sam Harding, Ben Summers, Wayne Saunders and Jed Tales working through several phases of play moving forward slowly before releasing the backs and Centre Will Smith created space to score a well deserved try converted by Chris Harding. 52-14

Heartened by the score Bosworth continued to press the home side the forwards again with impressive phase work had the hosts infringing. With final the final attack of the game a quick tap penalty by scrum half Tom Hilyer darted over for Bosworth's 3rd try of the game. And the Whistle blew at 52-19.

Despite the amount of un-availabilities, Bosworth once again showed spirit and gave their all until the final whistle. Devlin won coach Rob Harding’s man-of-the-match accolade.

Next weekend Bosworth are at home to Kenilworth RFC; kick off is 3:00pm!!

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

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13. Malvern 26 41
14. Market Bosworth 26 20
15. Crewe & Nantwich 0 0
16. Earlsdon 0 0
17. Newport (Salop) 0 0
18. Worcester Wanderers 0 0

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