Aylestone St James proved strong opposition, but the march towards the league title remains on course.
Old Northamptonians set off on a strong attack within minutes of the game starting; the ball was thrown out wide with confident hands for Louisa, who although having moved from full back to second row, ran almost three quarters of the pitch; placing the ball firmly down to kick start an entertaining game. This was quickly followed by the first of Ella's 3 tries when she outpaced her opposite number (how many times have we seen that this season!. This try was converted by Steph.
With Ella now closely covered by the Jimmies backs Gina made a decisive break in midfield and scored the first of her 2 tries, again Steph converted.
Jimmies then decided to use the strength of their forwards to power over the try line to bring a try back for themselves within the first ten minutes.
ONs continued to show a determined and focussed view on the game in hand, with Steph managing to sell an outrageous dummy, round the defence and run in a superb try from just inside the oppositions half. However Jimmies fought hard around our try line and gave all their strength to almost get the ball over; fortunately for us the girls showed that their defence was just as strong as their attack and managed to prevent them from scoring. Ella scored her second try just before half time to leave the score 29-5.
The second half continued to be a rounded and physical game. Jimmies never gave up the fight and continued to apply pressure, and gained 2 well deserved tries. Fortunately for us Ella had managed to score her hat trick and in the last minute Abbie and Louisa chased a long kick from Steph and flattened the Jimmies defender, the ball went loose for Gina to pick up and score under the posts. All the tries were from the backs but they resulted from the sheer hard work of the few forwards we had (bolstered by Louisa and Abi).
Final Score Jimmies 15 – 41 Old Northamptonians.