December points plan off to flying start for Market Bosworth
WITH the last three games of the first half of the season approaching the Market Bosworth coach, Nick Jackson, gave the team a challenge.
Get at least thirteen points this month and they should be safe.
After the seventy mile journey to Cambridgeshire things did not look very promising with one player failing to turn up having been involved in an accident on the way and another player pulling a hamstring in the warm up.
However, they ran out 33-20 winners over Huntingdon.
Within the first few minutes the Bosworth centres sprung into action getting Harry Milner over to touch down under the posts giving Rich Harris an easy conversion.
Receiving a kick ahead from Huntingdon, Milner knocked the ball forwards straight into the hands of a Huntingdon player who gained ground all the way to the Bosworth twenty two where they were caught offside presenting the home side with an easy three points from the resulting penalty.
After a series of high kicks testing the backs’ skills in catching such balls Bosworth came off worst when Harris’s clearance kick was blocked and the loose ball was collected by Huntingdon who ran in an easy try in the corner but too far out for the conversion to be successful but giving the home side the lead.
Bosworth winger Will Clarke, making one of his signature runs, this time with repeated short kicks ahead, got play into the Huntingdon twenty two letting Joe Randon go over near the posts only for the referee to disallow it as he was unsighted.
The resulting five metre scrum was won by Bosworth who pushed over for Ricky Wickwar to get the touch down this time and Harris to convert. The lead was short lived as the Huntingdon full back was almost immediately able to run through the Bosworth defence and score under the posts giving their kicker an easy conversion.
It was then Bosworth’s turn to regain the lead when from the restart the catcher knocked on in his twenty two and having won the scrum the Bosworth threes linked up with the back row giving the final pass to Wickwar to touch down for his second try on the stroke of half time with the score pretty even at 20 - 19.
The second half started with neither side looking like scoring, end to end stuff but both teams failing to complete the attacks. Joe Randon was impressive however, giving a perfect demonstration of defensive tackling. A yellow card shown to prop, Ben Thompson, for a high tackle gave Huntingdon the weight advantage in the scrum for ten minutes enabling them to get a push over for their third try and regain the lead.
From the restart Huntingdon knocked on and with Thompson back on the field Bosworth won several scrums working their way up to within five metres of the line, winning another scrum and getting the ball out to Milner to cross for his second try which Harris converted and giving the lead back to Bosworth and the try bonus point.
The lead was consolidated when the whole team got involved with a break out from a defensive position, winning a scrum in Huntingdon’s half and then a team effort helped Wickwar take the final pass in a well worked move giving him a hat trick of tries.
Harris converted making the final score Huntingdon 20 – Market Bosworth 33 and giving Bosworth five league points to successfully start their December challenge. This Saturday Bosworth are at home to Long Buckby with a 2.15 kick off.