RUSHDEN&HIGHAM 17:43 BBOB
The game opened in chilly but bright conditions with BB soon probing for an opening, spurning a kickable penalty to go to the corner. On 15mins BBs forwards took it on and the returning Ross Merrick went over, David Abraham converted 0-7. The normally reliable BB scrum was given a severe examination in the first half and was pushed backwards giving R&H an unconverted try 5-7.Virtually from the kick off BB applied pressure and Merrick got his second, Abraham converting again 5-14. R&H missed a penalty and were further hampered with a sin binning. BB were pushing for another score and from a lineout catch and drive big Ben Briggs was forced over, Abraham hitting the post with the conversion 5-19.BB then transgressed and a back row was sent to the bin, providing R&H with a try 10-19. BBs lineout was working well and another catch and drive gave captain Gavin Kendall a try, Abraham converting 10-26 at the break.
With the bonus point secure BB were looking to stretch away and Abraham scored a lovely individual try 10-31. R&H who battled fiercely all afternoon were not to be outdone and a long breakout gave them a deserved converted try 17-31. BB faithful were expecting more and wing Ash Little obliged when he went under the posts, Abraham converting 17-38. The game became very scrappy with both sides struggling to hang on to the ball, and it was not until injury time when returning vice-captain Olly James scored 17-43at the close. All at the BB now look forward to tuesdays trip to the Gardens for the game with O.N,s, but will still need to beat local rivals Casuals in the league next saturday to go up as champions.
Written by our roving reporter Roger Allen.