With a gap in the scheduled fixture list, BBOB 2nd XV looked to Heathens for a friendly match to keep them occupied on a Saturday afternoon. A 19 man squad travelled to the Racecourse in hope of a good game of rugby and another win.
The Brigade looked keen from the off, proving that a healthy warm up before the game is better than warming up as the game goes on. The boys held their own until a lapse in concentration and some weak tackling opened the door for Heathens to score a converted try at the 15 minute mark.
It may have been the wake up the boys needed as moments later some good hands and fancy footwork led to a try from winger Alex Byrne with Captain Freddy Try slotting the extras.
With the score levelled BB started to show some flair, Freddy Try danced around three defenders and made a 40m break to bag himself a try of his own, making the conversion himself and giving BBOB a seven point lead.
With the standard set, Heathens produced some good feet of their own and skipped around the Brigade line to bring the score level again.
As the first half came to a close, Heathens utilised their size and considerable weight advantage to push the Brigade pack over their own try line from a line out and dot down to take the lead at the break. Half time saw the score at 21 - 14.
With half time changes made to the pack, the game got back underway. A moment of excellence saw Mark Underwood slicing past defenders to put Heathens on the back foot, some precision offloading saw Alex Byrne and Dan Hardwick linking up with Alex Byrne finding himself with the ball again and space to run, nipping down the wing to score his second try and giving Freddy Try the opportunity to level the score again at 21 - 21.
With twenty minutes left on the clock, the game was for the taking from either team but BB took the advantage to nudge into the lead, another line break from Mark Underwood gave Liam Treacy space to power over the line and score in the corner.
The advantage didn't last long as the Heathens scrum started to dominate the game, two tries from the home side closed out the game and a bruised Brigade side gave all they could until the final whistle. A final score of 35- 26 left BB 2nds feeling a little frustrated and hoping for better next week against Kettering. This weeks Man of the Match goes to Alex Byrne.