Sat 18
Market Bosworth
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Colts secure excellent win over rivals Market Bosworth to secure League Title

Colts secure excellent win over rivals Market Bosworth to secure League Title

By David Nance
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An excellent squad performance sees Harborough Colts run out 34-20 winners over Market Bosworth Colts in a winner takes all game

The final match of the season at Market Bosworth was between the only 2 teams who could win the league. Having already been beaten by Bosworth twice this season Harborough were at last able to field their strongest squad. In the warm up it was evident that the players wanted this win and from the kick off they immediately showed their intention forcing Bosworth back over their line. The resulting scrum showed Harborough’s power and only the limit on moving forward prevented Harborough from total domination. Bosworth are however a very good team and Harborough had to be content with a penalty by Fraser Harrop for a 3-0 lead. Bosworth realised that the only way they could win was to use their back line and they came close with a couple of breaks until eventually they drew level with a penalty but fortunately for Harborough missed with a second opportunity. Harborough then upped their game with repeated drives and at last were rewarded when George Thornton burst through tackles to run 30 metres to touch down. The conversion was missed but Harborough ended the half 8-3 in front. The half-time team talk had the desired effect as the first 10 minutes of the second half were all Harborough. From the kick off the ball was fielded by Edd Marshall who stormed upfield and with support in numbers the ball found its way to Ed Parker who touched down to make it 13-3. This soon became 20-3 with Harborough driving Bosworth back and Parker somehow intercepting a clearance and ran in under the posts for his second try converted by Harrop. Bosworth did not give up and using the wind advantage broke upfield to score a converted try, 20-10. But within minutes more pressure led to Parkers 3rd try and with the Harrop conversion Harborough led 27-10. Not to be outdone Thornton again showed his strength and speed to add his second and an excellent conversion by Harrop increased the lead to 34-10. Bosworth did not however give up and ran in 2 tries in 10 minutes to reduce the lead to 34-20. The final 10 minutes saw Harborough resolute in defence and Bosworth could not break through. This was a fitting end to an excellent season where injuries, college and representative commitments have seen the whole squad play an important part in securing the league title.
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Sat 18, Apr 2015