Biggleswade 1st XV continue winning form12th March 2018
Queens 12 Biggleswade 15
Biggleswade just hung on to beat Queens by 15-12 in their latest Midlands 3 East (South) fixture.
It was a close run thing with the Queens’ kicker missing a couple of penalty kicks in the closing nine minutes. If they had lost Biggleswade would only have had themselves to blame for giving away so many penalties.
There were four changes from the side which slayed the Buzzards two weeks ago. Jakub Grabowski after many successful games for the 2nd XV came in on the wing. He celebrated his call-up with Biggleswade’s first try.
There was also a return for full back Elliot Tunstall. He smashed up his face playing football and has had extensive surgery. But after three months off he looked sharp and keen to be back in the fray.
Also back in the squad was utility forward Kyle Loan. He proved his worth coming off the bench and scoring the decisive try which secured the victory for Biggleswade.
Queens’ most recent match had been against St Ives the runaway league leaders. Queens inflicted the first defeat on them winning 7-6. So they started the match full of confidence and had the first points on the board thanks to a successful penalty.
Undaunted Biggleswade started to find more fluency in attack. Prop Jimmy Caulfield had one run but the referee decided that there was “crossing” letting Queens clear their line.
Centre Gavin Taylor had a scything run of forty metres before his fellow midfield partner Michael Hall started the move which led to the first try. Debutant Jakue Grabowski sped over in the corner.
Winger Alex Borg added Biggleswade’s second try running in from the edge of the Queens’ twenty-two line. However before the break Queens hit back with a second successful penalty.
Turning round just four points ahead Biggleswade had plenty of ball but just gave away too many penalties especially important when the opposition has a good kicker. He kicked two more penalties to put his side in the lead but luckily then went off the boil which saved Biggleswade’s bacon.
Instead it was a third try for Biggleswade which took Biggleswade ahead. A penalty to the corner was followed by a catch-and-drive from the lineout. It was Kyle Loan who had the ball in hand as the Biggy pack crossed the try line.
The pitch was tacky after the recent weather and sapped the strength of even the fittest .A Queens’ player went half the length of the pitch from under his posts having evaded the clasping hands of Michael Haddow losing traction in the mud. Then even more extraordinary flanker Liam Dunne the back-up missed flattening him too.
Team: Dom Nott, Sacha Heath (Shane Manning), Jimmy Caulfield, Paul O’Sullivan, Gareth Rutt (Kyle Loan), Liam Dunne, Michael Haddow, Zack Pates, Luke Haverly, Jakue Grabowski , Gavin Taylor, Michael Hall, Alex Borg, Eliot Tunstall, Wade Allen.
Next Saturday it is the visit of Northampton Menes’ Own to Langford Road. The away tie back in mid-November was eventually a comfortable win (44-15) but the home side were not the pushover that they were expected to be. There will be a pre-match buffet with the kick off at 3pm.
After that it is Rushden & Higham at home with St Ives (away), Stockwood Park at home and a trip to Leicester to play Vipers to round off the league campaign. Then there is just the small matter of a Bedfordshire Cup Final tie against Bedford Athletic to complete the season.