Tough trip to second-placed Derby this weekend
PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER
Midlands 1 East
Newbold On Avon 32
A fabulous turnout of Vice Presidents enjoyed a sterling all round performance on a dour, cold day, writes Alan Bale.
Spectators were still filing out into the stand as Ben Dawes barged over the line from close range to put his side 5-0 up in the first minute.
Danny Treharne looked lively at centre, making a couple of runs early on. The Parkfield Road side made all the early running in a lively start, just what the coaches had ordered after last week. Skipper for the day Ben Thompson led his side admirably and was at the heart of much of what his team did.
Newbold stretched their lead to 8-0 as Phil Reed knocked over a penalty. Newbold continued to press and were soon awarded a penalty where they chose to scrum, a few metres out. Power told almost immediately as Bugbrooke received their first yellow card from the scrum option and the next powerhouse drive rewarded them with a penalty try for their endeavours. Phil Reed converted and it was 15-0.
Newbold switched off and after a mess up in the back line, Bugbrooke kicked through and surprised even themselves to score a converted try for a half time score of 15-7. KJ Henry and Stuey Houghton combined to set up good ball. Another awesome drive at the scrum and Mark Hyde pounced on the ball to snap up the third try for 20-7.
As the light faded, Newbold looked for the fourth try, Declan George and Phil Reed, supported by Lloyd Warner, kept the ball moving and creating opportunities.
The wet, now slippery ball didn’t help matters but it was great to see Adam Shaw charge down the wing on his debut. Newbold were hungry for a bonus point and pressure told through their forwards with most of the play around the Bugbrooke 22.
The Northampton side defended well right up to the last five minutes, but Newbold wouldn’t be denied as they drove the Bugbrooke scrum off their own ball and Mark Hyde scored his second try of the game, with Reed adding the extras for 27-7.
Newbold kept going and were rewarded with a try right at the end, a well deserved one for Stuey Houghton.
Newbold deserve plenty of credit for bouncing straight back after last week’s defeat.
They now face an even tougher three weeks as they face all the top teams around them. This weekend they travel to second placed Derby, the week after, its Huntingdon, followed by Kettering away. #upthebold