Sat 11
Colts XV
Market Bosworth
Harborough prevail in battle of the 'Markets'

Harborough prevail in battle of the 'Markets'

By Stuart Beard
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Six on the spin

Market Harborough Colts added another scalp to make a 6 match winning run, beating Market Bosworth in a win as satisfying to the coaches as any cup success, since the team lacked most of the older players and included 2 players guesting from the U16’s. Early in the season Market Bosworth had comprehensively knocked Harborough out of the county cup. On a dry overcast day Harborough started playing into the wind and immediately looked in good form, driving the much bigger visiting pack downfield in a series of rucks before defending resolutely after handling errors ended the attacking momentum. Bosworth certainly dominated the scrum and the breakdown needed to be securely quickly as they very quickly got bodies and hands on the ball, the lineout however was firmly in the hosts favour with 2nd row Jack Burrows being a revelation at the front. It was Bosworth who scored first with a penalty and then a converted try after their forwards pummelled the Harborough defence 0-10. The only served to galvanise the hosts and after several forays into the opposition 22, fly half Jack Leather jinked through several tackles from the 22m line to score. Controversially, Bosworth were able to charge down Leather’s the conversion attempt after he was adjudged to have started his run up 5-10. More Harborough pressure through willing forwards runs, with the back row of James Melody, Liam Douglas and Martin Redmond getting through huge amounts of work, this was rewarded by a short range try for prop Joe Cleaver, with Leather this time making no mistake. Yet again Harborough won the half playing into the wind HT 12-10
The first period of the second half was dominated by the blacks of Market Harborough, and neat work from centre Max Dalby popped a ball into the path of captain Charlie Beard who ran hard at the defence, and grubbered a perfectly weighted kick through, outpacing the cover to score 17-10. Harborough edged further ahead, Leather sensibly taking the kickable penalties on offer to get to 23-10. Bosworth were fortunate to get a score that brought the game close as time ticked on, after a lengthy period of solid defence, a wayward Bosworth pass hit the legs of their centre, wrong footing the defence and setting up an easy score. 23-17. Harborough managed the remaining 9 minutes playing the game in the Bosworth half, with carefully placed kicks and strong but conservative running lines. FT 23-17
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Sat 11, Mar 2017