Biggleswade 3rd XV left to rue missed chances8th October 2018
Biggleswade 3rd XV 0 – 14 Cheshunt 3rd XV
In another close affair Biggleswade 3rd XV were left to rue missed chances and leave them still waiting for their first win of the league campaign.
Following on from defeat at Welwyn the previous week Biggleswade welcomed back some familiar faces to the side, as well as some new players in Andy Dachtler and brothers Emmet and Elliot Shiels.
The first half played out reasonably even between the two sides. Biggleswade had territory and possession for the opening exchanges whilst Cheshunt were good at exiting their own half with several long kicks causing problems for Biggleswade. One such kick allowed the away team set up camp in the Biggleswade 22 with sustained pressure eventually allowing Cheshunt to breach the Biggleswade line for a converted try.
The Biggleswade side however showed good intensity in their defence with Jack Diemers putting in several big hits early on. Compared to last week where it struggled, the scrum went well; Harry Dix, starting at hooker, took several balls against the head. However, the 3rd XV are still getting to grips with the new lineouts, which were not helped by the weather and another change in personnel. This resulted in the usual source of tries from the rolling maul deserting them at key times. When the lineouts did work Biggleswade looked dangerous and it is only a matter of time before the new calls are mastered.
In the second half Biggleswade showed more intent in attack but couldn’t find the try line. Several attempts at the line were repelled by the robust Cheshunt defence. Outside the forwards Dave Tysom, Dave Leslie and Harrison Albone all had several notable breaks but also couldn’t get over the whitewash for the score Biggleswade needed.
Cheshunt’s chances were few and far between with Biggleswade having greater possession, yet when an opportunity arose from a dropped ball or turnover they were able to boot the ball up field and relieve the pressure. This also led to a growing sense of frustration in the Biggleswade ranks and served to boost the energy in the opposition ranks.
More clinical than their counterparts, Cheshunt’s second score was to come from one of the few attacks they had in the Biggleswade 22 in the second half. After the home team had initially managed to turn over the ball at the lineout, it was another handling error that allowed the Cheshunt winger to pick up the loose ball and sneak through the defensive line for a try which was easily converted.
In the final 20 minutes Biggleswade continued to throw themselves into contact in search of the much needed score to get back into the game. As Cheshunt’s penalty count began to rack up, Biggleswade had several more opportunities to drive over the line but were unable to capitalise and cross the white line.
Overall a frustrating result for the home side yet the effort in attack and defence will please the Biggleswade Captain. With a talented pool of players and every game offering an opportunity for the team to gel, it is only a matter of time before they secure the first league win of the season. A special mention for Angus Theideman who, after an early injury to a Cheshunt second row, volunteered without hesitation to play the majority of the 80 minutes for the opposition so the game could remain 15-a-side.
M Salter, H Dix, D Tysom, A Dachtler, J Deimer, J Unite, Em Shiels, S Rutt; J Woodfield, G Albone, H Albone, D Rogers, D Leslie, El Shiels, D Dawes.
Subs: A Applegate, I Flack, R Williams, A Thiedeman, S Puttock, J Carter, M Showell