Victory over Northampton Old Scouts
Midlands 2 East (South)
Newbold on Avon 29
Northampton Old Scouts 5
Old Scouts were welcome visitors to Parkfield Road for the first return game of the season and the opening fixture of 2014, writes Alan Bale.
Bold started strongly as Phil Reed and Glen Bond took play into the opposition half to enable his team to apply early pressure. The ball went along the back line as Shaun Pollard was tackled just short. Newbold were winning much of the ball from every phase and it was no surprise when Reed’s excellent break and dummy took him straight through the middle for the first converted score from Bond and a 7-0 lead.
Danny Treharne and KJ Henry linked up and drove through, back into Old Scouts half. Out of nothing, Old Scouts won a penalty which was taken quickly from near the half way and suddenly they were back in it at 7-5.
This was to be their only respite as Bond kicked a penalty just after, but Bold were soon on the offence once more, as Rich Bannisters strong run took play back into Old Scouts 22. Newbold played to the corners much better and it was from a penalty award, another line out ‘off the top’ and it was Danny Facer stopped just short. With the Bold winning so much ball, it was inevitable that something would give as an Old Scouts forward received a yellow card for punching. Old Scouts did miss a couple of long range penalty efforts , but the score at half time remained 10-5.
Nick Walton, back in the front row, added power in a totally dominant display. His side couldn’t quite take the opportunities presented from a number of scrums well inside the Old Scouts 22. It took 22 minutes and that man KJ Henry’s strong running set up James McGill to score a well worked try to take the score to 15-5.
The best try of the game came from a driving maul fully 25 metres out as Treharne got on the end of it for a superb score for Bond to convert wide out and 22-5. Bond put in a huge tackle on his opposite number, as Newbold were hungry for the bonus points. Another yellow card for the Northampton side, but it was ironic that as Old Scouts claimed passive scrummaging, Declan George should pick the ball up from a stationary scrum to dummy his way over to claim a bonus points victory in the final minutes, converted by Bond for 29-5 and a well deserved victory.
It was excellent to see Newbold compete for a full 80 minutes, strong performances from so many, including Mick Pails, Mark Hyde, Daz Dean and Stu Houghton, but they needed to, to claim the extra points, which could be so important in the final weeks of the season. Having considered a number of worthy individuals, Matt Davies awarded the man of the match to Declan George, a young scrum half improving with every game.