Belgrave battle to bonus point win against determined opposistion
By richard pollard
written by a man returning from black and white,wet and cold,preparing to venture into the big city alone.
Today an away fixture at Market Bosworth RFC and no mention of the famous battle as I am all battled out.Our journey began with Joe(legohead) Pollard driving,with Niall(right place,right time)O'Connor,Josh Jarvis and myself of course. A major problem from the start Joe had but a date into the sat nav and not the post code,a tour of the villages of the Coalville area took place including Bagworth and Nailstone,we went that far back it turned into black and white.
Signs could be seen in shop windows with items for sale in old money one pound ten shillings and 12 shillings 3 farthings, John Goddard would have been at home,but we made it to Bosworth and the colour came back on and yes it was raining with lots of leaves about.The match official for the day Mr Dave Cox,who works in the public sector,but can say no more,leaves a lot to the imagination Dave more than the leaves on the field.
On the kick off Belgrave attacked the scoreboard end,for the first 15 minutes play took place around the halfway line with neither side able to take the advantage.On 20 minutes Belgraves forwards drove downfield and Liam Barnes crossed the line to put 5 points on the board.Belgrave continued to attack and following a lineout win,a rolling maul saw Tom Ball drop on the ball to score.
On 30 minutes a long kick down field from inside the Belgrave half put the ball bouncing around within 10 yards of the Bosworth line with 2 defenders looking to gather it,Joe Pollard having followed up from his own half gathered the loose ball forcing the defenders to tackle him,he held onto the ball long enough to set up Kevin(bungle)Curtis for a score under the posts,which he duly converted.
Market Bosworth struck back and spent the last 10 minutes of the half camped inside the Belgrave 22,a yellow card followed for Peter(the pastor)Petra and on the final play of the half Ricky Wickwar scored from a pushover try.Half time score Belgrave 17 Market Bosworth 5.
At the start of the second half Bosworth scored via Guy Goodman after a period of pressure on the Belgrave line to take them again within one score.A yellow card for Patrick(the Viking warrior)Thomson and things not looking good for Belgrave,hanging on by their finger tips,they mounted an attack and Kevin Curtis outran the defence to score in the corner.
A long kick by Roddy(weak ankles)Jonas into the Bosworth half saw him taken out or roughed as the say in the NFL after the ball was gone,resulting in a penalty where the ball landed.This gave Kevin Curtis a chance for 3 points which he duly converted to put Belgrave in front by 25 points to 12.
Another attack by Bosworth saw a jinking run by Will Clarke down the wing on the clubhouse side to score in the corner pulling Bosworth within 8 points.A turning point in the game a Bosworth forward on the halfway line with the ball and looking to go downfield with his pack gathering around him, a dangerous situation was threatening the Belgrave defence.Then from out of nowhere Niall O'Connor was in the right place at the right time ,he tackled the ball carrier below the knees bringing him down and the danger was averted.
A red card saw Bosworth down to 14 men and Belgrave went onto the offensive,their forwards dominating,Jamie(50 shades of)Gray scoring off a push over,on the final play of the game Elliot Walker crossing the line following a 5 yard scrum.Final result Belgrave 35 Market Bosworth 17 a hard fought encounter.
A mention for the Belgrave 3rd team braving the elements,Ivan Wright,Craig(mooney)Jackson and Mr Regan,plus the usual suspects.A journey back via Hinckley Road,Nailstone and Bagworth in the dark is not for the faint hearted.
I later made my way alone into the City Centre,which as we all know is frequented by Mods,Rockers and Teddy Boys to the wedding reception of Tom and Leanne Underwood.Luckily The dreaded Austin Brothers were on the door and if needed their mum and dad were there as well.So all went well and I lived to tell the tale.
Next week a home fixture a top of the league clash against Market Harborough an early kick off,the sponsors lunch will take place before the game.
I am still waiting for my sponsor to pay up does anyone know the whereabouts of Enid Blyton.See you next week.