Rushden and Higham 59 Leicester Forest 7
Rushden & Higham avoid relegation with convincing win over Leicester Forrest
After opening the season away to Leicester Forest, it seemed fitting that Rushden & Higham would welcome Leicester Forest on their last home game of the season. It would be an interesting view of how the season had changed each team, Leicester when in to this match 4th in the league whereas Rushden and Higham were fighting relegation although knowing that a single point would keep them safe. Would Rushden and Higham be able to overcome the pain of losing 37 – 7 last time they met and avoid relegation?
Although it was still only spring, the weather felt more like high summer as the players entered the pitch watched by the numerous volunteers, who had just enjoyed a thank you meal. It was soon apparent that this was going to be a fast-paced game as Rushden and Higham stormed into the lead after 7 minutes with Jordan Kirk scoring the first try. Although the conversion dropped short, the die was clearly set in Rushden’s favour. As the clock reached the 15 minutes mark, after some more intense play Lock Tom Petrie when over for Rushden second try converted by Josh Cave.
Leicester’s response was immediate and, after some brilliant running, scored a try, which they converted. Leicester had scented blood and it was clear that the next score would be vital. As a result, the game entered relatively quiet phase as both teams looked for the chink in the others defensive line. It was Rushden who found the chink first and broke the stalemate with Jamie Robinson scoring the try although the conversion hit the post.
Then on the stroke of half time, Mason Kellingray got the ball on Rushden’s 22 and did some brilliant running to score Rushden’s 4th try, securing the all-important bonus point, which Josh converted for Rushden to go into the break 24 – 7 ahead.
As soon as the halftime was over, Rushden were on the receiving end of a lucky bounce to allow Jamie Robinson his second try, which Josh Cave converted. Moments later Kurtis Dorks adding another converted try, to set the result beyond doubt.
The flood gates in Leicester’s defence began to open with Tony Bright, Kurtis Dorks and Jack Mitchell all adding tries, all converted by Josh Cave. In the dying minutes, Leicester mounted a fightback, but it was too little, too late. The match finished Rushden and Higham 59 Leicester Forest 7.
Despite the score line, it was a close fought match with action confined to between the 22’s for most of the match, although the dry pitch and high heat seemed to suit the youngsters of Rushden and Higham.