Spalding 15 Market Bosworth 20

Spalding 15 Market Bosworth 20

By Gareth Bromby
12 October 2015
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Bosworth win at the death


Having had a game free weekend since their victory over Southwell Bosworth travelled to Spalding still without stalwarts Saunders and Devlin in the forwards whilst wing Comley was replaced by Tom Milner and Chris Chadburn coming at fly half and Chris Harding replacing Williams in the centre berth. Shakeshaft and Harry Handford were on the bench.

Bosworth got off to a lively start with Sam Harding taking one against the head at the first scrum. The visitors powerful pack taking control proving a formidable force against the Spalding eight causing them to be penalised. A quick tap penalty and Aaron Willis barged over for a try which Chris Harding converted to take an early lead.

Spalding response was to use their back line where their forwards struggled and started pinning Bosworth back with timely runs and some mishandling errors by the visitors. Good defending by Bromby, Wickwar, Harding and Hargreaves held them at bay but the home side finally breached the defence when Spalding Centre, Williamson, broke through to reduce the deficit to 5-7.
Bosworth lost hooker Sam Harding. In the reshuffle Jack McWhirter moved to middle of the front row with Shakeshaft replacing him at flanker. Bosworth forwards continued to dominate the set pieces but a spate of handling errors or infringements meant they were being kept on the back foot by this spirited Spalding side whose forwards were mobile enough to overcome their understrength in the tight. A kick and chase from their own half had Bosworth defending again and Wickwar was handed a yellow for retaliation and the resultant penalty allowed them a half time lead 8-7
Bosworth survived a promising restart from the home side thanks to some stout defending from Bromby, McWhirter, Hempthill, Driver and Tales and it took a fine line kick form Chadburn to put the pressure back on the hosts. Another infringement by Spalding allowed Harding restore the lead to 8-10.
This intriguing encounter had both sides battling the middle ground which they littered with errors as each tried to press home their advantage but which kept the supporters interest alive. It was Spalding who finally broke the deadlock with a break towards the Bosworth line. They created a rolling maul which the visitors were unable hold back and they moved back into lead 15-10 with a converted try with less than 10 minutes left on the clock
Bosworth were immediately back on the attack and Spalding conceded a penalty which Harding despatched to reduce the deficit to 15-13. Inspired by this score the visitors went looking for points before the final whistle and it came as the forwards were pounding the Spalding defence and scrum half Randon went right feeding Harding and Hargreaves who offloaded to the supporting Handford to cross in the corner. Harding landed the conversion with the last kick of the game to take the spoils at 15-20.
Bosworth next home game is on the 24th October when the visitors will be Stamford. Kick off 3.00pm

John Ward

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