Gardiners Trim Boro's Chances at the Ath
Bedford Ath 24 vs 10 Wellingborough A Team
Boro travelled with a depleted squad after several withdrawals in the week. Excuses ranged from "I've lost my testicles" (T.Meyer) "I don't like people and busy areas" (C.Pickett) and the quite selfish "I forgot it's my kids first birthday party" (A. Fordham)
Into the team came old gay converts Carl Baldry and Ryan whatshisname, whilst Adam Parker returned having been rescued by greenpeace whilst on holiday in Bali. Ebola victim and newly appointed club ambassador Phil Meyer soldiered on-whilst Giles Bolton was given special dispensation to leave his old peoples home and interrupt his rich vein of bingo form. Day release physio Tom Flynn continued to wave and make strange noises from the touch side. Bless him.
Kick off was delayed slightly due to Alex Hales set-to having an erection at the size of the Ath players, after sorting himself out, the homeside kicked off in front what was a bumper crowd. On closer inspection it turned out to be their subs bench. Ath are now operating a successful turn up, watch and play/steal all the towns’ university players system.
Boro took the game to Ath from the off, club ambassador number 2 Andy Seaton making a darting break up the middle and finding space in the Ath defence. However he soon ran into Liam Price’s suspected steroid dealer and the 10st weight difference led to Seaton being torn a new one.
Ath pressed Boro's line but were met by good committed defence and the pressure from this led to mistakes in the home sides attack. As Boro’s penalty count rose so did Aths inroads into Boro territory. Another penalty much to the dismay of grumpy old timer Giles Bolton, led to Ath kicking to the corner- the subsequent line out was caught and the home side rumbled over for a try in the corner.
The visitors did not allow their heads to drop and continued to defend solidly- in particular Ben Gardiner, who was proving to be as popular as thrush at a swingers party for both Ath and referee. Ultimately this led to him being sin binned at the end of the first half.
Boro managed to see out the half without conceding any other points with a combination of good defence and great team spirit.
The second half began and Boro took the game to the home team and with renewed belief soon found themselves level.
A dump tackle by Tyler Ramoo led to the ball being spilled, Harry Bryan, the most talented member of the Bryan family since Alan, fed Alex Hales and then Phil Meyer linked with midget Darrell Reynard who made a break up the flank before kicking ahead and winning the race for the touchdown. Surprisingly Luke Smith is still allowed to kick for points- unsurprisingly he missed.
Boro continued to press from the restart and were almost ahead when Jon 'keg' Redman was put into space with the line at his mercy. However the newly converted prop has taken a dislike to running these days and elected to hack the ball ahead which was gobbled up by the retreating defence.
Ben Gardiner came back on to the pitch after his enforced break and Boro coincidentally found themselves having to defend again. During this period Boro found the new ‘Clubber’, Ryan Hurved was wheezing on the wing but when Ath looked certain to score from a cross field kick, Hubbard dragged his man into touch. After this, Ath were camped on the visitors’ line for a period of time and eventually found a gap in the defence to score under the posts.
Boro hit back quickly strong running by the pack made good ground followed by more good interplay in the centres allowing Phil Meyer to flop in the corner much to the delight of the squealing/demented Tyler Ramoo.
At this point the game was becoming quite open and fragmented with both teams prepared to throw the ball around, however Boro were beginning to tire whilst Ath made their 17&18 substitution of the day. The tipping point came when simpleton - Nathan Gardiner, attempted to intercept a pass, however realising that he was A) not Steven Gall & B) uncoordinated - he knocked the ball on with one hand. The referee accidentally showed Gardiner the red card; however despite protests from Boro he would not stick to his decision and changed it to yellow.
This led to Ath scoring a couple of tries; in particular an excellent individual try by the home sides fly half who produced a nice sidestep and showed the increasingly grumpy Giles Bolton a clean set of heels to score under the posts.
Nathan was finally allowed back onto the pitch and had a great opportunity to redeem himself and score in the corner after good work from Giles Bolton. However Nathan is A) not Luke Gardiner & B) uncoordinated and subsequently knocked the ball on.
This weeks’ MOM goes to Tyler Ramoo but it was a close call as all 15 men stood up to Aths 50 man squad.
Plenty of positives for Boro to build on and take into next week’s game. A mixture of self-belief and a good attitude will see Boro turn around these narrow defeats. Next week sees the team host Shelford at home looking to avenge the opening day defeat.
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