Boro cross the border and end away-day blues

Action from league leaders S&L's win over Casuals
Action from league leaders S&L's win over Casuals

Wellingborough ended their miserable away record with a dramatic late win over Oadby Wyggestonians.

They trailed their hosts 22-12 going into the last quarter but a brace of tries in final few minutes saw them edge it 24-22.

KC Rugby action from Northampton Casuals v S&L,Rushmills, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA

KC Rugby action from Northampton Casuals v S&L,Rushmills, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA

Four Tom Mair penalties had kept Wellingborough in the Midlands Two East (South) clash.

But when winger Craig Marshall crossed for their first away league try this season they were just five points adrift.

In the final moments the visitors used a rolling maul to send flanker Shaun Mackie over under the posts to level it at 22-22.

Mair then kept his composure to convert and seal a 24-22 success.

KC Rugby action from Northampton Casuals v S&L,Rushmills, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA

KC Rugby action from Northampton Casuals v S&L,Rushmills, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA

The second and thirds both lost to Towcestrians but the Colts again showed the way.

They collected their ninth victory from nine games by seeing off Old Scouts.

Not only did they win but they did it in style.

They clocked up a impressive 74-7 success with Ryan Mackie bagging a hat-trick and kicking seven conversions. There were two tries apiece for Ben Taylor and Harry Tarrant while Connor Aldrich, Tom Bryan, James Stout, Ry Hobdey-South and Jonny Gill also scored.

KC Rugby action from Northampton Casuals v S&L,Rushmills, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA

KC Rugby action from Northampton Casuals v S&L,Rushmills, Bedford Road, Northampton, NN4 7AA

On Sunday, the Ladies lost their impressive home record after a 15-0 loss to Hammersmith & Fulham.

Oundle suffered their first loss of the Midlands Four East (South) season as they went down 22-12 to St Ives.

It is always a difficult away fixture but Oundle somehow let vital league points slip from their grasp.

They led 12-10 at the break with Gareth Jacob - a fine solo effort from a long way out - and Toby Snelling both crossing the line for tries.

But a disastrous start to the second half, with St Ives with the slope to the advantage kicking for the corner and using the forwards to launch a catch and drive.

A try in the corner got their noses in front and they kept using the same tactic.

Although Oundle defended well it was difficult to break out of their own half.

The home side got their bonus-point try with an unusual lapse in defence as several tackles were missed.

The rest of the match was end to end as Oundle tried to close the gap.

They thought they had when Jacob made another break only to be adjudged to have just touched the sideline before crossing the whitewash.

Oundle just could not cross the line despite several attempts.

The last move of the game saw Sean Murray held up over the line after the forwards had used several phases to try and get within bonus point territory.

Coach Pete Croot said: “We unusually made too many handling errors.

“The mistakes we made gifted them 15 points which you can’t afford to do.

“It is a bit of a setback but I am confident we can use this to gel as a side and come back next week.”

The seconds lost 42-0 to Daventry 2nd but the Vets won out with 10-try haul against Stamford.

John Todd (2), Tony Hull (2), G Wyer-Roberts, Paul Brown (2), Rick Murphy, Ian Hood and Chris St John all got their names on the scoresheet.

Old Grammarians skipper Carl Baldry was furious with his team after their hammering at Brackley.

His men returned home on the back of a 95-5 loss to their county rivals - and the captain was not happy.

“I am really disappointed with Saturday’s performance,” Baldry stated.

“We went there expecting to get beaten.

“For 15 to 20 minutes we were holding our own and looked like matching their play.

“Then it all went wrong. Missed tackles, lack of belief and confidence allowed Brackley to open up and they never stopped.

“There will be changes for next week as we have to improve attitudes and commitment.”

Corby were on the end of their biggest defeat of the season.

They had their work cut out right from the start away to league leaders St Neots who have already made a habit of taking teams apart.

However, lessons were learnt from last week’s game against St Ives and the Corby lads were not missing their tackles and doggedly resisted the attacking from St Neots.

In certain passages of play Corby even looked like they might put a few tries on the board.

The first half end with St Neots having bagged six tries but, despite Corby battling away in the second half, the onslaught continued after the break.

Corby again came close a couple of times but St Neots were just too powerful and ran out 98-0 winners.

Manager Ricky Egan said: “The scoreline would suggest my team capitulated - that is so not the case.

“After last week’s game against St Ives all of us were down because we knew that the tackling was sub-standard.

“However, the lessons were learnt during the week and the lads put it into practice.

“They ran out of steam and I am not going to be critical when the whole team gave 100 per cent.

“If we play like this against some of the teams around us we are going to be picking up points soon.”