Derby day in for Midlands 2 East (South) high flyers
Today (Saturday) Newbold travel to Lutterworth, a side playing well for yet another tough encounter. This is always a hugely popular local derby and all support is welcomed, for a 3pm kick off. Newbold are currently second in Midlands 2 East (South) with Lutterworth in fourth.
Midlands 2 East (South)
Newbold on Avon 28
Leighton Buzzard 24
Top of the league and undefeated Buzzard arrived at Parkfield Road, knowing that a win would secure the league title for them, but having watched Newbold the week before, knew that they were in for their toughest challenge so far and that’s exactly how it played out, writes Alan Bale.
Newbold were straight on the attack and it was no surprise when Joss Andrews scored an early penalty to give his side an early lead.
Andrews kicked another penalty into the corner to secure the lineout which Micky Pails secured to set up the driving maul and it was Danny Treharne who once more came up with the ball to secure the five-pointer, converted wide out by Andrews for 10-0.
It was some 15 minutes before Buzzard were able to secure some ball, but showed how dangerous they could be as they responded by moving the ball swiftly through their back line to full back Magill to score a converted try and 10-7. Andrews took Newbold further ahead with a well struck penalty, as another, continuous, powerful forward display frustrated Buzzard.
This didn’t affect Newbold, even as KJ Henry was yellow carded. Newbold were on fire as they came back with wave after wave of attack and it was Treharne who popped up after another awesome forward drive, to score his second try and Newbold were 18-7 in front to complete a fantastic first half display.
Mark Hyde and the Buzzard back row player were then both yellow carded, just before the half-time whistle.
The second half started as the first had finished, with Newbold on the offensive. Declan George spun the ball out wide, well controlled by all the back line, for Shaun Pollard to force his way over to claim his side’s third and best try, by far. Andrews converted for 25 -7 and some would have thought Newbold were out of sight.
But Buzzard came back from nothing, and Warner was very unlucky with the bounce as the ball went away from him, allowing Buzzard to score and believe there was a chance to come back.
Newbold had put in some tremendous effort , but as they tired, Buzzard came back into the match as you sensed they would and Danny Facer receiving a yellow card for a ‘deliberate’ knock on, gave them further opportunity.
Leighton Buzzard’s refusal to lie down saw them bring the score right back with another penalty to 25-17.
The game had become a little fractious as a mass of players from both sides, exchanged different opinion and their inability to share constructive views, led to Newbold skipper Nick Walton and Buzzard flanker Byard both red carded, but with a penalty to the home side.
Buzzard sensed the match was there to be snatched from Newbold’s grasp as they forced their way over through Falcon for another score, David’s conversion now meant the score was 25-24. Newbold were looking for inspiration.
For those of us that were there the week before against Leek, sensed that this could be another game we just lost out on, but it was left to Andrews to have the last say with a penalty for 28-24 and a simply fantastic victory. Without doubt, one of the results of the season!
Newbold had come through a stupendous challenge but were worthy winners in a simply fantastic, close encounter. Micky Pails was awarded the man of the match, but this was just a superb all round team performance. Whatever happens no one will be able to take this away.
Newbold creep closer to the top of the table, closing the gap on Buzzard, with a performance everyone can be proud of!
Newbold: Ethan Wookey, James McGill, Lloyd Warner, Phil Reed, Shaun Pollard, Joss Andrews, Declan George, Eddie Allen, Daz Dean, Nick Walton(capt), Mick Pails, Mark Hyde, Danny Treharne, KJ Henry, Danny Facer, Tom Newbold, Stu Houghton, Ben Nuttall.