BB kicked off attacking the clubhouse and immediatly MH lost their skipper and No.8 when he took the ko and was flattened. BB lost the first lineout which was to be one of many, resulting in a period of MH pressure. After 8mins BB were penalised for laying on with MH taking the lead with the penalty 0-3. From the ko BB wing Joe Cantwell made a searing break and was forced into touch just short of the line. On 14mins MH were caught offside and BB captain Olly James levelled the score 3-3.After 20mins BB broke upfield and player/coach Ben Mann scored a fine individual try with James converting 10-3. The game then became very scrappy and disjointed, with MH missing a penalty and BB forcing a defensive turnover on their line but the score remained 10-3 at the break.
Harborough had obviously decided to play a quicker game and it paid dividends after some poor BB tackling MH scored a converted try 10-10. It then became a battle of the kickers as first MH missed two relatively easy pens, only for BB to do exactly the same. The MH kicker again missed from under the posts and a draw looked imminent, but then, with the hardest of all kicks he slotted it to give Harborough the win 10-13. BB take the bonus point and next week welcome fellow strugglers Biggleswade to the mill in a game held over due to flooding.
Written by our regular contributor Roger Allen