Harborough faced Market Bosworth at Northampton Road on Saturday in the County Cup semi-final in what promised to be a tight game and so it proved to be. Playing with the wind advantage Harborough made the initial breaks but the Bosworth defence was sound. Laurence Joel slotted a penalty to give Harborough the lead and almost increased that when he intercepted the ball on the half way line only to be tackled 5 metres out. Bosworth fought back but Harborough maintained territory and after continued drives Ed Parker picked up to touch down to increase Harborough’s lead. Not to be outdone Bosworth then gained the upper hand and shortly before half-time reduced the lead with a penalty to make the score 8-3. In the second half Bosworth continued to press and came close but the weather was deteriorating making handling difficult. Inside the last 20 minutes a touch of magic with a box kick by Connor Bond gave Parker the room he needed and he streaked clear to increase Harborough’s lead. With the match in the balance the referee took the players off the field as a violent hailstorm descended. From the restart Harborough finally stepped up a gear and ran in 3 further tries through man-of-the-match Parker, the impressive Frank Tufail-Smith and the tireless George Thornton. With 2 conversions by Joel, Harborough ran out deserved winners by 32-3 although the score hides how close this game was. Next Saturday sees Harborough move on to the National Plate where they hope to progress further against high-flying Worcester Warriors.