Slow start to year as Bosworth lose away

Hinckley Times - - SPORT -

THIS first game into the sec­ond half of the sea­son had lots of promise with sev­eral play­ers re­turn­ing to the team who had been miss­ing dur­ing De­cem­ber.

May be too much Christ­mas pud­ding and New Years Eve ex­cesses were tak­ing their toll as Mar­ket Bosworth were no match for an Oakham side they had con­vinc­ingly beaten ear­lier in the sea­son at Cadeby Lane.

The Bosworth side is rel­a­tively small in stature com­pared with the op­po­si­tion they have met in re­cent weeks and that is also be­gin­ning to be the de­cid­ing fac­tor in match re­sults.

Bosworth started well with some great moves get­ting them close to the Oakham line only for pos­ses­sion to be lost and play mov­ing into the Bosworth half where a cou­ple of penal­ties were quickly con­ceded, the last of which re­sulted in a yel­low card for what the ref­eree judged to be a tip tackle. The kick at goal was suc­cess­ful to start the score board mov­ing for the home side.

Down to four­teen men Bosworth found it dif­fi­cult to de­fend against the heav­ier run­ners and quickly let Oakham run in a try un­der the posts with an easy con­ver­sion.

Hav­ing man­aged to get to within five me­tres of the Oakham line the ball was lost and cleared with sev­eral kicks ahead un­til the Bosworth full back fum­bled the ball in his twenty two giv­ing Oakham the chance of an easy kick for three points.

How­ever, with Bosworth off guard they chose to take a quick short penalty and went over for the five points in­stead. Back to full strength Bosworth were able to mount an at­tack which ini­tially got them to within ten me­tres of the line en­abling Sam Bal­ance to run through for Bosworth’s first try of the game which was con­verted by Rich Har­ris. From the restart one of the Oakham wingers was able to run right through the off guard Bosworth team to score in the cor­ner which was too far out for the con­ver­sion to be suc­cess­ful. The half time score was Oakham 20 and Bosworth 7 which re­mained so for most of the sec­ond half with the game flow­ing to both ends of the pitch with nei­ther side able to se­cure any fur­ther ad­van­tage un­til an easy penalty in front of the Bosworth posts gave Oakham three more points to add to their score. With six min­utes left on the clock Oakham piled on the pres­sure and went over for their bonus point try.

Bosworth kept their heads up and in the last minute of the game se­cured a small con­so­la­tion when Joe Ran­don ran in a well worked try but the hur­ried kick went wide. Fi­nal score Oakham 28 Mar­ket Bosworth 12.

This week Bosworth are at home to League lead­ers Ol­ney and are hop­ing to pull off an up­set as hap­pened last week when, third from the bot­tom Vipers, beat third from the top Mar­ket Har­bor­ough. Any­thing can hap­pen in this league.

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