Biggleswade 2s 17 – 11 Amersham11th February 2018
Biggleswade’s second string returned to winning ways with a hard fought victory over Amersham emerging victors by 17-11.
Conditions were foul for entertaining rugby with a very chilly wind from the south causing a string of handling errors. Despite the heavy rain the Sheepwalk pitch was in excellent condition hardly showing a mark by the end of the match.
With the first team not playing some of their replacements were included to bolster the side. The one real “ringer” was Shane Manning the club coach who guested at hooker. He was impressed with many of the younger players in the side and thought that they could play first team in the future.
Replacement first team prop Aaron Pickering claimed that he saw off three opposition props. Was it his technique or his bristling beard?
Biggleswade had the advantage of the strong breeze at their backs in the first half but took time to make real use of it. Instead they sought to wear the opposition down by stuffing the ball up their jumpers and making small inroads into the opposition pack. Eventually sense prevailed with Wade Allen showing how to do it with deft kicks over the top to turn the defence and send the Biggy Boys forward.
Eventually the pace of Jakob Grabowski had some space on the left flank to start the scoring with the first try. “He’s got plenty of gas” was the coach’s endorsement.
Slinky hips James Ramsey at 18 stone went for the more direct route through the centre of the visitor’s pack. It certainly was a battle of the giants up front with the visitors having some large lumpy players too.
Amersham hit back with a try of their own just before the break so things did not look good for Biggleswade who had now to play against the elements. But if anything they played much better. At times they were pinned back deep into their own half but they just kept bouncing back.
Shane McNeil scored Biggy’s second try and there was another for Jakub Grabowski. Big number eight Graham “Ethel” Williams provided the scoring pass showing that big lumps have all the skills too as well as the muscle! Matt Cowley added one conversion.
Amersham came back with a couple of penalties to earn a bonus point. The result sees Biggleswade shoot up the merit table by several places which pleased captain Liam Price. “I’m struggling with my knees” he said afterwards but I have dragged some old team mates out from in front of the fire and we’re getting there.”
Team: Aaron Pickering, Shane Manning, Liam Price, James Ramsey, Graham Williams, Rory Shorten, Shaun Monday, Sam Watson, Matt Cowley, Wade Allen, Henry Ewing, Jakub Grabowski, Shane McNeil, Lewis ?, Will Roake, Zack Pates, Kyle Loan, Andy ?.
This Saturday the first team return to league action with a trip to Northampton to take on second placed Casuals. In the home tie after a competitive first sixty minutes Casuals pulled away in the last quarter with a couple of tries. Again Biggleswade had dominated the territory graph but couldn’t turn pressure into points. Casuals on the other hand when presented with half a chance made the most of it.
Biggleswade A XV is at home to Watford while the 3rd XV travel the short distance to Hitchin. All matches kick off at 2.15pm.