In their first league match of the season Harborough Colts travelled to top of the table Syston and put in a patchy performance, full of promise but lacking the killer edge. Playing with the wind Harborough were immediately on the attack and were close to scoring but Syston held the attack up and Harborough missed a penalty from the subsequent play. Systonthen put the visitors under significant pressure before cutting a great line and scoring a converted try, this was followed up with a great team try, lots of short passes and good support put them in. After this shock Harborough started to get a foothold in the game and nearly scored following a lineout but knocked on with the line at their mercy. Half Time 14-0
The game changed with the introduction of Matt Reeve and Max Neal, the big front rows started to drive the home pack backwards and gain significant ground and Reeve himself finished off a punishing drive to put Harborough on the scoresheet 14-7, almost immediately Syston showed great pace in the backs and scored in the corner 19-7. A period of Harborough dominace followed where the forwards were held up twice and two other incursions onto the opposition line were butchered with knock –ons, eventually Matt Snutch bashed over from short range 19-12. The revival was short lived with Syston scoring another try from their inventive backline.
A deserved win for the home team who were the better team but Harborough should look at the 3 times they crossed the line and at least 2 opportunities to score that were missed as a platform to raise their game from