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  • Biggleswade remain 5th after managing losing bonus point

    Biggleswade came away from Leicester Forest with just a point after going down by 15 points to eight in their latest Midlands 3 East (South) league match.

    Conditions were far from good for running rugby with a greasy pitch made sodden by heavy rain and a cruel cross-wind. But if not a good game for the players it was an exciting spectacle for the supporters who had made the one hundred and fifty mile round trip.

    Biggleswade had the advantage of the slope in the first half playing towards the new artificial pitch. This has been paid for by the RFU but not yet completed. The Forest can use the pitch for twelve hours a week which has to be shared by other teams in the local area.

    After an early exchange of penalties with Luke Haverly kicking the three points for Biggleswade the game went into a long period of attrition with both sides trying to get the upper hand. Eventually it was the strong running of winger Alex Borg which broke the deadlock. He ran across the park from one ten metre to the other to elude the covering defence.

    With half time approaching it was hard to tell which side was which as both packs became coated in mud. On the stroke of the break Biggleswade gave away a penalty after a poor drop out. As they fought desperately to protect their line the referee awarded a series of penalties and finally one led to a try for the home side.

    Turning round eight points all but now up the slope Biggleswade started the second period strongly. The three-quarters looked dangerous impressing the Forest supporters. Long striding Will Simkins contrasting with fellow centre Michael Hall bursting through tackles.

    With only two on the bench Aaron Pickering and Shane Manning, back after injury, joined the fray replacing Jimmy Caulfield and Sacha Heath. Both admitted it was tough going in the front row. The impact on Forest was so great that they declared that they had no-one able to play front row so the game went to uncontested scrums which is never satisfactory at this level.

    It was Forest who scored the only try of the second half to settle the result. It was one of the few times that they worked the slope to their advantage going under the posts to make the conversion a simple kick.

    The result and others in the league mean that Biggleswade remain in fifth place in the table.

    Team: Dom Nott, Sacha Heath (Shane Manning), Jimmy Caulfield (Aaron Pickering), Paul O’Sullivan, Shaun Munday, Michael Haddow, Liam Dunne, Sean Hopper, Zack Pates, Luke Haverly, Gavin Taylor, Will Simkins, Michael Hall, Alex Borg, Shane Austin.

    Next Saturday there is a home match against Northampton BBOB who Biggleswade could only manage a draw against way back in October. The visitors now occupy the second relegation spot but they did beat Stockwood Park by a point in their latest match. The A XV travels to play the Black Horse while the Third XV is at home to play Letchworth 4th XV. All matches kick off at 2.15pm