Biggleswade 2s v Bedford Swifts “Development” XV21st January 2018
Biggleswade’s second string comprehensively defeated a Bedford Swifts “Development” XV
by 92-5 in a friendly match arranged from the fixture pool.
With the 1st XV not playing the A team took centre stage. Swifts brought over a “Development” XV.
This is normally made up of lots of younger players with a few old hands to steady the ship. Swifts
seemed not aware of this convention bringing a mainly Vets team with a few youngsters!
Amongst their number was Biggleswade’s first team scrum half Wade Allen who got the “bird” from
his team mates of last week watching from the side-lines. They were probably wishing they had a
Biggleswade did a lot of things right while Swifts squandered many of the chances that they had to
get on the score sheet until very late in the game. Biggleswade were on the whole younger, fitter and
quicker than the visitors.
The one exception to this was the evergreen Ian Flack now past the half century mark. Although there
were younger players on the bench eager to get on none were capable of playing prop. Flacky is not
the quickest around the park but his stentorian advice makes up for his lack of mobility.
Despite the constant drizzle all afternoon, the cool conditions and a greasy pitch Biggleswade
crossed the line on fourteen occasions.
Biggleswade’s scrum half Will Jones was a real live wire making a streak of impressive breaks
weaving his way through a packed Swifts’ defence. He was the catalyst in many of Biggleswade’s
successful forays which led to tries.
Swifts had their chances but missed out by taking wrong options. On several occasions they were
pressing hard for a score. But one error allowed Biggleswade to break out and sweep downfield. First
XV castoff Will Roake had one run of fifty metres and there were several hack and chase episodes.
Occasional first team prop Arron Pickering was shown a yellow card for altering his head position
once the front row had engaged. The match official, a former Biggleswade player of nearly thirty years
ago said it was a head butt. Arron disagreed but the referee is always right in rugby.
Despite being one down for the last ten minutes Biggleswade still managed two more tries either side
of a consolation try in the extreme corner for Swifts.
Kyle Loan on his birthday scored three tries through a mixture of opportunism, support play and white
line fever. There were also three for Jack Dawson and Will Jones grabbed a brace. Other tries were
scored by Jakue Grabowski and Henry Ewing. There were eleven conversions.
This Saturday the first team return to league action with a 150 mile round trip to play Leicester Forest.
In the home tie Biggleswade won 34-12 but the Forest are a much tougher outfit at home. The A XV
play Enfield at home and the Thirds are also at Langford Road against Letchworth 4ths. All matches
kick off at 2.15pm.