Sat 05
3rd XV
BBOB 3rds
Wellingborugh Don't Get the Walk Over They Were Expecting

Wellingborugh Don't Get the Walk Over They Were Expecting

By John Tucker
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Despite missing several players, BB's mixed bag gave a mixture of Wellingborough's 2nds and 3rds a tough test, the score flattering the opposition.

This was a game when BB failed to make the best use of a swift set of backs, and occasional poor hands cost them dear. However, Wellingborough found themselves frequently frustrated, despite being fortunate beneficiaries of many decisions, with at least Wellingborough three tries coming under a cloud of controversy.

Despite having both front and back rows from their second team, Wellingborough couldn't pull out any significant advantage, and their style of play certainly began to reflect their frustrations as their discipline began to fray. They were fortunate beneficiaries of leniency, but it's BB's own fault that they didn't capitalise on their opportunities.

Combinations of occasional slow ball and poor decision making meant that the ball rarely made it to the pace on the wings. When it did, Reece Rance made an excellent run to score BB's only first half try. Steve Briggs struck the conversion.

Presumably Wellingborough's constant fringing offside went unpunished so as not to disrupt the flow of the game, but in light of BB failing to gel properly and use their talents to the full, Wellingborough derserved their win, BB only scoring the one unconverted try in the second half. This came from captain David Willix, who's subsequent substitution because of injuery further disrupted the back line.

It was, however, good to see Simon Hill survive a second game back from injury, and a welcome to new player, Josh Shaw.

A couple of late tries in the second half boosted Borough's tally to make the gap appear wider than it was. They had made better use of the wide ball, but BB's combative spirit and comparative ability to hold their discipline made this an enjoyable spectacle, despite the result.

Special mention goes to Sam Letts - manning it up despite a twisted knee - for anhialating the fool how decided to run straight at him. Sean Fagan certainly will remember that a heavy seesion on a Friday night isn't a good idea, especially when "treated" to that special pint by his teammates later as a reminder not to do it again.

Next week, BB entertain Milton Keynes at St. Andrew's Road, the return League fixture after the draw earlier in the season. With several of the regulars back, it should be a fun game.

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Sat 05, Mar 2011