Spirited performance from Bosworth
Bosworth loose 30 - 12 away at Walsall
Bosworth were back on the travels, this time away at 4 place Walsall in this re-arranged league fixture. Like always when a fixture is re-arranged players choose this free weekends to do other things and this was the case for Bosworth.
The Bosworth changes from last weeks game was; in the backs, Gutteridge returned on the wing, Williams returned at outside centre alongside Smith, C. Harding moved back to fly half with G. Goodman at scrum half, In the forwards, captain S. Harding was unavailable so McWhirter returned at hooker with Murray and Handford as the props, there was a first appearance for Vince in the second row alongside with Wickwar. Saunders returned at number 8 and also captained the side in the absence of S. Harding. The backrow was completed with Blackler and Ballance for his first start. Amongst the replacements was Kirby who has returned to the side following a few weeks out, Stack and T. Harvey.
Things started bad for Bosworth as the hosts were in the lead after just two minutes as forwards and backs combined in a series of sweeping attacks which resulted in their winger going over near the corner flag. Bosworth came back strongly and enjoyed their best periods of play during the next twenty minutes. They were rewarded with a try, after a series of good drives, by prop forward Handford which Williams converted. But after this Walsall began to dominate and they took the lead by half time with a well struck penalty to make the scoreline 8 - 7 to Walsall.
After the break it was the Walsall centre that opened the scoring as he cut through the Bosworth defence to finish off another sustained attack. Walsall’s bonus point scores came later in the half from their as No8 who finished off a powerful forwards try and shortly afterwards they scored another try. Bosworth never gave in and they scored through Wickwar who got a late try. The final whistle went and Walsall won 30 - 12.
Unfortunately this defeat condemned Bosworth to relegation from Midlands One West. Despite the amount of un-availabilities, the Bosworth once again showed spirit and gave their all until the final whistle. Prop Handford won coach Rob Harding’s man-of-the-match accolade but Rob was delighted the team stayed strong and never took a step back against a team 4th in the league.
Next weekend Bosworth are away at Hereford RFC who are battling it out for the play off position. We would welcome any supporters to come along and support the lads. There will be a bus and if any supporters who wish to go on the bus please contact Rob Harding. Please note the kick off is 3:00pm!!