Sat 17
Northampton Old Scouts
Colts XV
All's Wells that ends Wells

All's Wells that ends Wells

By Stuart Beard
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Third time lucky

A Harborough Colts squad of 19 travelled to Northampton Old Scouts attempting to avenge 2 previous defeats this season on a murky afternoon and a heavy surface. Looking the smaller pack this was borne out at the first scrummage when Harborough were completely pushed off the ball. This was followed by total dominance by the hosts pack, eventually driving over for an early try. 5-0. This galvanised the visitors who through half back pairing of Harry Wells and Charlie Beard began orchestrate attack and defence. In their first foray upfield Wells muscled over after good work by the forwards. 5-5. Harborough followed this up with good strong work and the finish applied by James Melody, converted by Will Hallam. 5-12. Scouts came back strongly and levelled the scores 12-12. This was followed by more pressure but great backs-to-the-wall defending held firm. Wells and Beard then combined from an audacious quick penalty on the 22 to release Full back Mason Tye to score under the posts, Hallam adding the extras HT.12-19.

Harborough started the 2nd half brightly, the introduction of Joe Cleaver stabilising the scrum and the back row of Hallam, Melody and captain Joe Price tackling anything that moved. A sweeping move was finished off by Max Dalby to further extend the lead to 12-24. This was to be virtually the last visit to to the opposition half, as a series of bad tactical choices and poor execution ceded both territory and possession. Inevitably, Scouts scored again, 17-24, coming within a converted try, however, dogged defence won the day. Man of the Match Harry Wells

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Sat 17, Dec 2016