Bosworth Finish the Season in Style
Bosworth win 50 - 15 at home against Malvern
The final League game of the season for Market Bosworth matched them against fellow relegation struggler's Malvern with the home side desperate to finish the disappointing season on a high and reverse the result of the their early season encounter.
The Bosworth changes from last weeks game was; in the backs, Smith replaced Akroyd at fullback, Williams returned at centre alongside Norris with Milner amongst the replacements. In the forwards, Murray replaced Kirby at prop, Barker returned at second row with Wickwar moving to backrow. Amongst the replacements was Elliot, Blackler and Milner.
The game started with Bosworth receiving the kick off and it was Malvern who picked up a loose Bosworth pass as the hosts mounted their first attack. The visitors moved the ball wide which beat the cover of Will Smith and Tom Harvey to score in the corner to lead 0-5. This early setback only acted as a wake up call to the Bosworth boys as they set about the job in hand. The forwards started to take control with some fine marauding play from Sam Harding, Jed Tales and Darren Murray. As they worked their way into the Malvern half. Llew Williams punished one of Malvern's mistakes with a well deserved penalty to reduce the lead to 3-5.
This early repost gave the home side a visible lift in their spirit. Malvern for their part were equally determined to leave Cadeby Lane with points they desperately need to ease their relegation fears. They managed to snuff out another Bosworth attack and launched one of their own. Their dangerous backs broke away with an impressive move and they scored against the run of play to lead 3-10 after 20 minutes. The Bosworth spirit continued against the visitors with a dogged defence which kept them at bay until shortly before half time. Norris touch kicking finally relieved the pressure followed by more fine forward play from Wayne Saunders and Jim Barker sent the hosts storming into the visitors half and from a set scrum Tom Hilyer fed fly half, Chris Harding who dummied his way across the line. Williams converted and levelled the score at half time to 10-10.
The second half started well for Bosworth when Williams slotted another penalty to take them into the lead for the first time in front of a large partisan crowd which included LRU President Paul Green and several past Bosworth players from the 60’s and 70’s. The score lifted the spirits of the home side as well as being inspired by the vocal supporters. The Bosworth forwards now started to control set pieces and with fine phase work they moved steadily towards the Malvern line. A catch and take and rolling maul led to Jim Barker crossing the line and the score to 18-10.
Malvern trying to get back into the game mounted an attack on the Bosworth line. A handling error led to Llew Williams making a 50 metre break, with the support of Milner and Devlin, to restore Bosworth pressure on the visitors line. Another catch and take led to Jack McWhirter holding the ball as they crossed the line. Williams kick rebounded off the post but Bosworth had a healthy lead of 23-10. He soon had consolation as he slotted another penalty shortly after to extend the lead to 26-10.
Bosworth brought on Elliot for Murray, Milner for Smith and Blackler for Tales. The timely changes held up the Malvern advance as they worked their way into the Bosworth half and pressed for a further score. Bosworth wing Dave Comley intercepted a pass inside the 22 and raced away to beat the Malvern cover to score. Williams added the extra and the lead to 33-10
Bosworth were now rampant. Playing with a passion not seen for a long time, forwards and backs combining with impressive interplay that put the visitors on the back foot again. Another catch and take drive saw Barker cross for his second try which Williams added points to extend the lead to 40-10. The assault on the Malvern line continued as Llew Williams and Tom Harvey each showed a turn of foot to take play to the Malvern line. Scrum Half Hilyer darted over and the score to 45-10.
Malvern came back with a consolation try but the final word was with Market Bosworth as a smart backs move between Hilyer, Harding and Norris led to Williams crossing for the final score 50-15.
After the final whistle the Bosworth lads were all thrilled with the win and especially to give Barker and Williams the send off they rightly deserve!!! This result has been a long time coming but this is a big relief and whist it is too late for this year to avoid relegation we hope it bears good for next seasons. The Team spirit has never faded despite the results the team have suffered over the season. This result is nothing less than they have deserved for all their efforts. The whole team won coach Rob Harding’s man-of-the-match accolade.