Harborough Colts travelled to Kettering for a friendly and with late drop outs and others not turning up were left with 15 players. This meant players playing out of position but the attitude to play to win on a very muddy pitch was excellent. From the off Harborough showed that they had the desire and skill to dominate and this they did winning opposition scrums and line outs but it was difficult to play rugby on such a muddy pitch with a ball that became increasingly hard to handle. Harborough however stuck to their task and following continual drives the returning James Stubbs darted through a gap to touch down. Fraser Harrop narrowly missed the conversion but this was not a pitch for place kicking.
Harborough then went to sleep and allowed Kettering to run at their defence and they darted through to touch down for a try under the posts that with the conversion put them 7-5 in the lead. From then on the first half was all Harborough with another try coming from a superb break from Ed Parker followed by a second Parker try after an excellent break from Stubbs who somehow managed to off load the ball as he was tackled by 2 players. Harrop kicked both conversions to put Harborough 19-5 to the good at half-time.
The second half saw a change of referee as Harborough agreed that a young Kettering trainee could officiate under the guidance of the match referee. From the start his interpretation of the breakdown was confusing to both sides who found that the whistle blew as soon as a player hit the deck. This led to Harborough being penalised countless times and finding themselves on level terms within 10 minutes. The confusion led to them losing their control and shape and they were beginning to look very much the second best side with Kettering taking the lead with a further try; 24-19 to the home side.
The experience of Timmy Waterfield and Parker then shone through as they settled the team who started to play better rugby as they were in the first half. Continuous driving play, with Hughie Gardiner-Hill and Alex Adams prominent, brought them close to the line and then it was then left to Stubbs to feed Jayk Dressler who was as always unstoppable from 5 metres out to bring Harborough level. The conversion was once again narrowly wide but before long it was Waterfield, excelling at number 8, who took the Stubbs offload on his own 10 metre line and stormed up the touchline to beat the tackles of 2 defenders and touch down wide out to put Harborough back in the lead 29-5. They held this until the end despite losing Harrison Wood to injury and ending the game with 14 men.
A deserved victory with good performances from all players, not least Alex Wright, Harry Bissett and Sam Noble who attacked well and tackled relentlessly throughout but all players were a credit to Market Harborough.