A Performance Built on Friendship (and no warm up)
Luton 2's 12 vs 12 Wellingborough A Team
Wellingborough travelled to Luton looking to build on their ever improving performances so far this season. The day was certain to be an emotional one as the club said goodbye to legends Eddie ‘Wrecking Ball’ Johnson and Alex Booth
who are off on their travels. After a raft of excuses Wellingborough turned up with 16 men who had decided not to insert their tampon this week. Preparation was not ideal as Captain and kit man Andy Seaton
set a shining example by arriving 5 minutes before kick off. Luckily Darrell Raynard
was on hand to take the team through a warm up of invisible touch, in which the handling I am informed was superb.
Boro welcomed the evergreen Nick Murphy
and Richard Mallard
into the pack and this alongside the inclusion of Joel Smith
and Tyler Ramoo meant one thing was certain, time in the sin bin. In the backs the self-proclaimed ‘Smash and Bash’ Bryan brothers lined up, their vodka breath being blamed for the burnt out car on the M1 that delayed Seaton’s journey.
Minute by minute
0 Mins- Game kicks off and within seconds the first scrum is called due to a knock on in the air, Nick Murphy
calls for water.
2 Minutes- Luton’s dangerous full back (we think he was going to be dangerous) decides to test Richard Mallard
’s tackling technique. It turns out it’s pretty strong and the full back limps off.
5 Mins- After some good handling, Pinball wizard Darrell Raynard
beats 4 men to selfishly score in the corner, Luke Smith
drops to his knees knowing the kicking percentage will take another battering. Conversion Missed.
5-15 Mins- Some rugby happened
16 Mins- Boro’s intention of keeping the ball alive pays dividends and a flowing move results in Harry Bryan
capping his A team debut with a fine try.
24 Mins- During a water break, Eddie Johnson
breaks out in tears, realising that the Enterprise dream is over and he no longer has the tools to run his own business.
27 Mins- Joel Smith
spots an aeroplane
30-35 Minutes- Eddie Johnson
receives 6/7 death threats from the opposition
38 Mins- After some dogged defence Wellingborough finally clear their lines. Jon Redman
drops to the floor and immediately diagnoses himself with concussion and asks to be cancelled from Rob Armstrong’s texts for between 2-16 weeks.
40 MIns- Half time, Boro lead 12-0
45 Mins- Boro camp themselves on Luton’s line but Tyler Ramoo’s ‘Sonny Bill’ offload is not read by anyone and the move grinds to a halt.
50 Mins- Luton put themselves back in the game with a try from their forwards.
53 Mins- Darryl Raynard spends some time on the M1 after putting a kick through only to be body checked by his opposite man. Darryl immediately presses L1 and R2 simultaneously to convert into ‘Angry Dwarf’ mode.
59 Mins- The game breaks out into a royal rumble, RKOs come from nowhere and surprisingly Tyler Ramoo is in the middle of it. Richard Mallard
takes a few punches on behalf of his front row comrade and then ‘POW!!’, Ramoo jumps 6 foot to head-butt his opposite number. Unsurprisingly both teams see a man trudge to the sin bin.
62 Mins- Luton play rugby for a short while and bring the score back to 12-12.
63 Mins- Joel Smith
straps on a pair and returns to the pitch on one leg after Tom Bryan
goes off with a broken hand. Luckily Harry Bryan
offers to help Tom achieve any task that he normally completes with his ‘strong hand’.
65-78 Mins- Some stuff happened, nothing memorable, few more planes, few punches, little rugby.
78-80 Mins- Boro see out the game camped in their own 22, defending with big cohones and manage to secure possession to leave with a draw.
A performance built on spirit this one. Players played out of position and injured in order to help the team. Big thanks to all 16 that turned up and represented Boro with pride. With a few improved decisions and better control over discipline, this was a game we could’ve taken all the spoils from.
Immediately after the game Alex Booth
let everyone know he’s going to a party to chase tail of a previous employee. Having stared lovingly at her eyes in the rental office for over a year and allowed a 24 hour cooling off period, he finally looked to achieve his goal of ‘Taming the Tiger’ as he put it. What a great guy.
As a club we look forward to welcoming Eddie Johnson
and Alex Booth
back in 18 months,poor, smelly, ridden with disease and with the harsh reality that after all their efforts, they’re once again back in Wellingborough at Enterprise. Enjoy Boys.
Next week sees the A team renew rivalries with last season’s biggest test, Ampthill in a 1pm kick off at home.