Mackie’s delight as young Boro march on

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“Chuffed to bits” was how coach Steve Mackie described his emotions after his Wellingborough side booked their place in the last 16 of the National Colts Cup.

It is the furthest a Boro side has ever gone in the competition and they secured their place in the next round by beating Lichfield 15-5 on their own patch at the weekend.

The success is another step in a remarkable season for the Cut Throat Lane youngsters.

It was a tighter game than most they have sampled in recent months as not many sides have been able to get close to them.

But their good run continued to the delight of everyone at the club - and not least Mackie himself.

“I am a very, very proud man,” the coach explained.

“I was just chuffed to bits with them at the final whistle.

“They are getting what they deserve because they work hard and they play hard.

“They put all the effort in and deserve their success. They were all over the moon with the win.

“It’s the furthest the club has ever gone and there have been a lot of good comments from the members since the game.

“I understand there was a big cheer at the clubhouse when news of the result made its way back.

“I am very proud of the lads. They have represented themselves and the club very well both on and off the field.”

As for the game itself, Mackie was also impressed by the way his young charges coped having been more used to picking up convincing victories during the campaign.

He added: “It was a hard game but we dug it out better than them.

“It was the right result. We defended very well and then took our chances when they came.

“But it was the second closest game we have had and it was good to see the way we came through it.”

Wellingborough now face Percy Park from North Shields in the next round with March 16 the date pencilled in to the diary at the moment.

Of more pressing importance, however, is a clash with Kettering this weekend as the clubs go head to head for the East Midlands Under-18 North League title.