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Timmy Waterfield ensures that Colts dig deep to secure victory

Timmy Waterfield ensures that Colts dig deep to secure victory

By David Nance
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An inspirational performance from skipper Timmy Waterfield led the Colts to victory in a tough away encounter at Melton.


An inspirational performance from skipper Timmy Waterfield led the Colts to victory in a tough away encounter at Melton. With a number of key players missing through injury the Colts knew they would need to play well but once again started slowly and got on the wrong side of the referee, conceding penalty after penalty.

For the first 20 minutes they spent much of their time in their own 22 but some great defence kept Melton out despite losing full back Sam Noble to the sin bin for a deliberate knock on. Harborough showed that they had the skill to win and having taken a battering they won ruck ball inside their own half, got quick ball to the backs and centre Joel Nance stormed through a gap to 30 metres out put in a neat grubber that was collected by Harvey Slade who ran in under the posts for James Stubbs to convert and give Harborough a 7-0 lead which they kept until half time.

The second half saw Harborough start in dominant form taking the ball to Melton and the pressure eventually told as Timmy Waterfield drove over for a try to put Harborough 12-0 in the lead. Melton looked down and out but another stupid remark from the kick off as Melton once again failed to kick 10 metres saw Harborough penalised and marched back a further 10 metres. A kick to the corner suddenly saw Harborough under pressure and the strong Melton pack eventually drove over for the try. Harborough then lost another player to the sin bin for a harsh deliberate knock on and lost another back through injury meaning that the flankers had to play in the back line. But playing with 14 men seemed to inspire them and they started to play some excellent rugby with a deserved try coming from another move that saw Waterfield linking with the backs with Sam Noble touching down for the score.

They did concede another try late on but this was a deserved win that saw them remain unbeaten in the league.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 11, Oct 2014

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

01:00

Competition

Division One