Last-gasp Blues share the spoils

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.
Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.
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Kettering so nearly won - and lost - on their trip to Market Bosworth but in the end settled for a draw.

Both sides were left to rue a missed opportunity to claim all the points as they finished all-square at 31-31 in Midlands One East.

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.

However, it started badly for the Blues when trying to run the ball out of defence too many times and Bosworth capitalised to score a converted try and lead after less than five minutes.

Joe Daniel, whose kicking was exceptional, reduced the lead with a well-struck penalty and then Andy Byrne crossed for a fine try.

Excellent handling and then a dummy from the Blues outside-half saw him cross near the posts. Daniel converted to give them the lead.

At this point Kettering were dominant and they should have had at least three points when a break from Jan Rennard was halted under the home posts.

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.

The Bosworth centre dived in from the wrong side to prevent an almost certain score. The referee deemed a penalty was sufficient punishment but when it was taken quickly and the score by Steve Fraher was ruled out by the unsighted official.

Bosworth took advantage to score a second converted try before Daniel added another penalty, only for the home side to extend the lead to 17-13.

With half-time approaching a third Daniel penalty closed the gap to a single point.

The second period was equally as tight as firstly a Matt Nield try saw the Blues regain the lead only for the hosts to be awarded a penalty try for an infringement at a lineout.

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.

Brackley v Corby rugby action.Nightingale Close, Brackley.'Action from the Midlands Four East (South) game between Brackley and Corby.

The home side were then again fortunate to only be penalised when a deliberate knock-on less than five metres from their line once again only resulted in a penalty to the Blues - who then blew another chance by taking a quick tap and losing possession because of a forward pass.

Just as it looked as though these decisions would prove costly, a quickly taken drop out by the Bosworth centre saw him inexplicably pass the ball straight to Ben Street who ran in unopposed under the posts to give a 28-24 lead back to Kettering.

As the game entered injury-time, Bosworth pressed hard and a strike against the head saw them drive towards the Blues’ line.

The referee clearly saw something amiss and awarded Bosworth their second penalty try of the game which appeared to have finally determined who won.

However, the referee then played a further five minutes and, with the last play of the game, awarded Kettering a penalty just shy of the halfway line.

Daniel stepped up, hit the ball true and straight and cleared the bar by several metres to tie a remarkable game at 31-31.

Wellingborough ran out of steam late on as they fell to defeat at Leighton Buzzard in Midlands Two East (South).

They shipped three tries in the last seven minutes as their hosts ran out 46-11 winners.

They trailed by 17-6 at half-time - thanks to two Tom Mair penalties - and were attacking down the slope in the second period so hopes were high for an away win.

But Leighton Buzzard have a well-drilled pack and kept the ball away from Boro’s dangerous backs.

Winger Luke Gardiner did manage to register a try but the late flurry of scores took the game away from the visitors.

The Colts picked up an away victory against Casuals in the third round of the National Cup. They won 36-14 thanks to a brace of tries for Adam White and Tom Bryan and one each for Harry Tarrant and Jonny Gill.

The under-15 boys also tasted victory over Casuals with their success coming in the East Midlands Cup.

There was another draw in Midlands Three East (South) where Rushden & Higham returned from their tough challenge at Rugby St Andrews with a 15-15 scoreline behind them.

Stewarts & Lloyds just edged their tight encounter with Queens 24-20 to climb above Rushden into second.

Stamford maintained their 100 per cent record and still top the table.

In Midlands Four East (South), Oundle were the only ones smiling.

They won 22-3 away at Bedford Swifts to go fourth in the table.

Old Grammarians lost 64-3 at Thorney while Corby went down 74-0 at Brackley.