With a spate of injuries and absences BBOB seniors struggled with numbers this weekend for both home games. In spite of this BB 2nd XV still managed a 16 man squad to host Bedford Swifts 2nds who themselves only managed to bring 14 men to The Mill. In the name of good sportsmanship, Aaron Bowers volunteered to help Swifts out and level the teams for kick off, putting in a great 80 minutes for them in the centres.
Swifts set the tone for their level of luck straight from the kick off when the ball failed to travel ten and was knocked on by one of their more senior players. The first scrum of the game showed just how hashed together the team was with Alex Burns packing down on the blind side and hooker, Daryl Richards, putting in a shift in for us in the second row.
The Brigade applied lots of pressure on Swifts who struggled to soak it up, gaining a scrum deep in the Bedford team's 22 could of been a great opportunity to clear their lines but the Brigade scrum won the ball against the head and the quick ball from Billy Denton and the off guard Swifts defence saw Keith Chamberlain crash through the line and dot the ball down beneath the post. An Ash Williams conversion saw BB leading the game 7 - 0.
Just over ten minutes into the game and seven points down, Swifts seemed to have warmed up and were ready to play rugby. It didn't take long for them to answer the BB try with one of their own and they levelled the score and announced that the day could witness a good competitive game of rugby.
This proved to be a premature conclusion as the pack put the Swifts under more pressure than they could handle and the Backs started running lines that simply couldn't be defended. Debutante and Man of the Match, John Yates, showed class and strength in the centres and tries from Alex Mawby and James Nicholls saw the start of the Brigade momentum.
As the half time whistle blew BB had a healthy lead and Swifts looked a little demoralised with a solitary try and a player injured on the side line bringing their side back down to 14. BBOB were not without their own injuries, Will Yates left the field with a shoulder injury that saw him tackling with his only good shoulder for 30 minutes. Luckily, late arrival, Steve Jeyes, was on hand to replace him and keep the team at 15.
The second half saw more of the same, and as the Swifts stood with their arm aloft appealing a forward pass, the whistle of Don Johnson never blew and James Nicholls capitalised and ran more than half the pitch length with no chaser to claim his second try of the day. The ever steady boot of Ash Williams claimed more conversion points and kept the score ticking over at an easy rate.
More tries were to come for the Brigade as Keith Chamberlain grabbed a second for himself, Alex Burns linked up with the backs to score his second and Alex Mawby gave everything he had left to power through the defensive line for his second try before retiring to the side line to see the match out.
With injuries and tiredness setting in amongst the BB boys, the Brigade defensive line opened up and Swifts manages to salvage themselves some more points for the score board.
With the game coming to a close, both sides looking tired and the idea of any more points becoming bleak, Captain Dean Bedford looked on to see his son, Ashton, darting down the wing to bag himself a cracking try in the final moments of the game. As the whistle finally blew, BBOB 2nd XV had won the game 50 -12.