Peterborough Ladies 10 Sutton Coldfield Ladies 57
By Rob Warlow
Boro Ladies unable to get win in record February heat
Peterborough Ladies welcomed Sutton Coldfield Ladies to Fortress Fengate, on a glorious day for rugby.
The hosts were looking to improve on what had been a particularly difficult day in the West Midlands earlier in the season, but knew it was going to be difficult.
From the outset, Boro played with determination and belief. In fact they spent long periods of time in the visitors half, making them have to tackle. However, it was the visitors who scored first, following some skillful handling and offloading. But Boro were able to get on the scoreboard when Kirsten was able to capitalise on some good work and a bit of luck, catching a rebound to score. The last thing Boro needed was to lose a player to injury, and Georgie was unlucky to take a big hit to the head, and have to leave the pitch. Even so, Boro gritted their teeth (with no sub available until late in the second half), and only allowed the visitors to score 24 points during the half.
Half Time, Boro Ladies 5, Sutton Coldfield Ladies 24, no subs, a player down, but determined to give their all. The visitors had a large squad and were able to mix it up.
However, it showed how well Boro had played as Sutton Coldfield upped the ante and scored a couple of tries, using a more direct approach. But the Boro Ladies heads did not drop, and when young Jess W was able to get on the pitch, a level of parity was restored, with Boro playing in the visitors half, and again having to make a lot of tackles. The Boro pressure paid off when Jess R was able to mix and match some clever footwork with a direct approach to score a try (the least Boro deserved). However, just in case it was last try wins, the visitors were able to capitalise and score against a tiring defence.
Final score Peterborough Ladies 10, Sutton Coldfield Ladies 57.
Thank you to Sutton Coldfield for the game, played in a great spirit, and to our match official.
Skipper Mel had to pick a forward and back of the match, and with everyone putting their hands up, it was a difficult decision, but it was Laura and Jess R who received the accolade.
Next week, Lutterworth at home.