Sat 15
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Clean Sheet at Rushden's Expense

Clean Sheet at Rushden's Expense

By John Tucker
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A strong Third Team dominated Rushden, with BB's strong scrums and attack forcing them to use pretty much all of their substitutes.

Josh opened the scoring with pace from the left wing with the first of his hatrick. Despite playing uphill, the team as a whole then scored steadily throughout the first half.

BB crossed the 50 point mark early in the second, and although the try rate dropped a little, they had still achieved a fantastic 70 points in as many minutes, so the ref kindly called the game 10 minutes early.

Credit to the Rushden lads, who - despite being worn down by injury - continued to make attacks right to the end. They were unfortunate to come up against such a strong pack, including a try scoring Sean Fagun at tighthead and Tommy Tighthead (Fulthorpe) making a guest appearance at loose, following his move down South. Daryl Richards is getting nicely back into his stride as Hooker.

Chrissy Fulthorpe was on form with his lineout jumping, and his ever increasing confidence led to another try to add to his tally. Both Gary Bowers and Gereth Harper grabbed one each from a mobile back row, and it was good to see Tony make his BB debut on the blindside in the second half.

Chris Ola used his speed to secure the first score of the second half, whilst both Dan "Wobbly Legs" Denton and Daz Earl both came so close before each scoring a few minutes later.

Tommy Buswell's 2 tries were a reflection of his usual talent for breaking the line and he, like many of the team, still felt relatively fresh as the game moved to a close.

BB's dominance in the scrum led to the award of a peanlty try as the game neared it's close, releflecting a good overall performance, although the team will benefit more in attack by passing once the tackler has committed to use the overlap and not be distracted by the chance of an individual score.

Depsite the strong wind, Tim Brown still managed six conversions.

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Sat 15, Jan 2011