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Harborough Colts show their strength in depth to secure home victory

Harborough Colts show their strength in depth to secure home victory

By David Nance
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Harborough Colts played their first home fixture of the season and after a slow start dominated the game.


Harborough Colts played their first home fixture of the season and after a slow start dominated the game. With so many new players in the squad it was always going to take time to settle as a team and this helped Syston to take the lead from a simple penalty in the first 10 minutes. Harborough then picked up their game which started with an excellent run from his own 22 by Fin Clarke only to see his chip over the final defender take a wicked bounce into touch. It was not long however before a try came as Harborough started to boss the breakdown and a turnover by Joel Nance produced quick ball for James Stubbs that led to great link play by Jack Batkin and Harvey Slade to put Stubbs in the clear to run in under the posts for a try that he converted himself. Within a few minutes they increased their lead to 14-3 when a blind side break by Stubbs put Slade in the clear to score under the posts again converted by Stubbs. The front 5 were now dominating the set piece pushing the opposition back, led by skipper Timmy Waterfield and with new props Matt Snutch and Alex Adams showing their strength. With so much possession Harborough continued to gain ground but had to wait until near half time for another score when number 8 Sam Wellicome picked up and drove over wide out. The conversion by Stubbs hit the post but a 19-3 half-time lead was just reward. Harborough started the second half strongly and the introduction of replacements showed that they have strength in depth with Max Neal and Hugh Gardiner-Hill impressive in the front row. There was also an excellent debut for Harry Gilbert at scrum half. Syston were however not giving up and made it hard work for Harborough and it was midway through the half before they added to their score this time showing patience as they went through a number of phases before releasing second-row Harry Bissett who stormed over from short range for a try converted by Stubbs. Harborough may then have become complacent as they squandered some points with simple mistakes and then failed to tackle the Syston 15 and he scored a very good try from the half way line which was converted to reduce the lead to 26-10. Not to be outdone Harborough created more space and Fraser Harrop showed excellent pace on the wing to touch down in the corner. He then hit the woodwork with the conversion but a 31-10 final score was just reward for an excellent performance.
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Match details

Match date

Sat 20, Sep 2014

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

01:00

Competition

Division One