Biggleswade 1stXV vs Daventry8th October 2018
Daventry 54 Biggleswade 8
Midlands 3 East (South)
Forced to dig deep into their reserves Biggleswade came unstuck in their latest Midlands 3 East (South) fixture going down by 54-8 against Daventry.
With four players unavailable from last week Biggleswade were forced to scour the casualty clearing centres to put out a full squad with replacements. But in a tough game some of the newly recovered from injury returned too soon and limped off before the end of this bruising encounter.
There were bright moments on an otherwise damp dreary afternoon. The slippery running of winger Jakub Grabowski helped him to evade many a tackle as he turned up the gas and using his pace and swerve. However he aggravated an injury that had kept him out for two weeks and had to be replaced.
Coach Will Wheeler was also impressed with the debut of Ethan Sinclair in the three-quarters who made a promising start in his first outing at this top level. But the coach was also full of praise for the seasoned campaigner flanker Michael Haddow who put in an enormous amount of work scything down attackers at the knees.
Biggleswade had the kick off and started promisingly but it was not long before Daventry had points on the board. First tackles were made but there was not the second line to stop an attack.
Biggleswade were two tries down before they got their first points with a successful penalty from Elliot Tunstall. There was no more score before the break but the second half saw an avalanche of tries from the hosts. They scored eight in all with their kicker putting over all but one conversion.
Once a side knows that they boss the opposition they grew in confidence and are full of running. This proved true of Daventry who exploited every chink that they found in Biggleswade’s defence. They also had considerable pace on the flanks which Biggleswade could not match.
Biggleswade didn’t give up and stuck to the task taking an attack deep into Daventry’s territory. Finally they got a just reward for their efforts with Ethan Sinclair running down the wing before giving an inside pass to Elliot Tunstall who crossed the line for the try.
It was Biggleswade’s worst league defeat since the 15-46 result at home against St Ives the eventual league winners. The previous week Daventry had lost heavily to Stamford who put forty points on them as they scored 27.
Next week there is a break from league action as it is a cup week. As they did not enter Biggleswade have a week off to regroup and heal injuries. The following Saturday sees the visit of Dunstablians who inflicted a first defeat on Stamford in their last league match.