1st XV come up short against Daventry31st January 2019
Biggleswade 7 Daventry 46
Midlands 3 East (South)
Biggleswade were soundly depleted by Daventry in Midlands 3 East (South) 7-46 but it
was far from a walkover.
Biggleswade knew that they would struggle with a host of injuries and unavailable players.
They had to dig deep into their reserves but put out a full squad on the day including a debut
for young Ben Wischhussen a chunky seventeen year old who showed a maturity beyond his
Conditions were not bad for rugby, dry and cloudy with a moderate breeze. Biggleswade had
wind advantage but received the kick off which did not make a good start. They were on the
back foot straight away and Daventry secured an early unconverted try.
Biggleswade rallied and pressed hard at the other end. They were almost rewarded with a try.
If they had scored the whole pattern of the match might have been different. Daventry rely
highly on confidence. If put under pressure Daventry panic and crumble as their losses in the
Instead it was Daventry who added to their tally seeming to score every time they got in
Biggy’s “22”. It was not straight away as the home team made them work hard for their points
but a gap always showed after numerous passages of play.
Biggleswade were without Michael Haddow and Zack Pates both of whom have a high tackle
count. They might have made a difference but not enough to change the pattern of the match.
Biggleswade again went close but infringed when almost over the line. A second attempt was
foiled after a catch and drive from a lineout.
Will Roake restored at centre with Gavin Taylor impressed the watching faithful with some
deft passages of play. Work stops him appearing very often but he makes a difference when
he does turn out.
Instead Daventry added to their tally and finished the first half seventeen points ahead.
In the second half there were some terrible periods for a wilting Bedford who conceded two
tries twice in quick succession. But heads did’t drop and Biggleswade scored a peach of a try.
The try came as Biggleswade launched a three-quarter move. A cross kick from fly-half Tom
Flather flummoxed the two Daventry players covering the threat. The ball bounced up into the
arms of flying winger Tom (Plank) Rogers who fed scrum half Luke Gadsby who dived over
the line under the posts. Elliot Tunstall added the conversion.
Team: Dave Tysom, Sacha Heath (Will Wheeler), Aaron Pickering (Andy Burke), Jack
Diemer, Shaun Munday, Jake Deveraux, Tom Nixon, Sam Watson, Luke Gadsby, Tom
Flather, Matt Horgan, Will Roake, Gavin Taylor, Tom Rogers, Elliot Tunstall., Ben
Next week Biggleswade travel to Dunstablians who they beat at home but are a tougher
prospect on their own patch.