1st XV vs Leicester Forrest match report31st October 2018
Leicester Forest 24 – Biggleswade 10
Midlands 3 East (South)
Following a closely contested battle for the majority of the match, Biggleswade eventually fell to a 24-10 loss against Leicester Forest in their recent Midlands 3 East (South) league fixture.
With the squad currently plagued with injuries and illness, Biggleswade were forced into several changes and were only able to travel with 17 players. The most notable call up was that of Dave Tysom to the front row whose experience contributed to an utterly dominant Biggleswade scrum while flanker Michael Haddow had to be deployed in the centres.
Despite a pre-match downpour and the unfamiliar playing surface of a 3G pitch, it was Biggleswade who started the brightest – Tom Seabrook, who occupied the number 10 shirt, used the conditions to his advantage by peppering Forest with kicks to the corners to put them under pressure. In the tricky conditions Forest’s back line struggled to field the kicks and were often forced into errors inside their own 22 meters by the onrushing Biggleswade line. It was in these early stages that the Biggleswade pack made their intentions in the scrum clear by shunting the Forest pack backwards and would continue to dominate each time they locked heads throughout the match.
Despite this early pressure from Biggleswade they failed to come away with any points and it was Leicester Forest who registered the first points of the day midway through the first half with a breakaway try. Forest quickly extended their lead with a second try but after further pressure from Biggleswade, Del Tribbeck successfully converted a penalty to cut the lead and head into the break at 12-3 to Forest.
The second half started in much the same way as the first had with Seabrook opting for territory. This eventually paid off and the Biggleswade pack was once again able to assert their authority in the scrum marching from the opposition 22 meters to just short of the 5 meters line where they were awarded a penalty. With the Forest pack on the back foot in the scrums Biggleswade opted for another set piece battle. Biggleswade finally got their reward for their excellent scrumagging as the referee deemed the Forest pack to have committed foul play in the scrum once more and awarded a penalty try, narrowing the scoreline to 12-10 in Forest’s favour.
Unfortunately Leicester Forest hit back when Biggleswade lost control of the ball at the back of a scrum and a Forest flanker was first to react to the loose ball, fending off tackles as he charged to score in the corner.
Having suffered another blow Biggleswade showed some excellent character in an attempt to cut the deficit once more but the lack of replacements finally took its toll as the squad suffered further injuries and Forest were able to capitalise with a fourth try in the last few minutes of the match to seal the result.
The Biggleswade 1st XV continue league action next week when Northampton Casuals visit Langford Road for the first 2:15pm KO of the season.
Squad vs Leicester Forest; Dave Tysom, Sacha Heath, Jimmy Caulfield, Jake Devereux, Arran Pickering, Liam Price, Sean Hopper, Sam Watson, Luke Gadsby, Tom Seabrook, Will Roake, Del Tribbeck (Elliot Tunstall), Michael Haddow, Zack Pates, Gavin Taylor (Will Wheeler).