Biggleswade lost their latest Midlands 3 East (South) match by 32-0 to second placed Long Buckby.
The difference between the two sides was that each time the hosts got into the red zone they scored while Biggleswade went close but never over the line.
After the heavy overnight rain the pitch was still greasy and there was also a gusty diagonal wind. Biggleswade had the clubhouse end which slopes away into one corner.
The visitors started badly and conceded an early try which went unconverted. They didn’t nail first time tackles which is always a recipe for disaster.
At the first scrum which followed soon after the opposition’s loose head failed to bind on the massive form of Kyle Loan, Biggleswade’s tight head, and gave way when the front rows engaged. Unfortunately he suffered a back injury and had to be stretchered off.
The scrums were very steady apart from when Long Buckby deliberately pulled it around which went unnoticed by the referee.
Otherwise the match official had a good game saying before the match that he would not tolerate any of the shenanigans seen in the England-Italy international the previous week-end.
There were bright moments for Biggleswade on a dreary afternoon. Elliott Tunstall’s counter attacks winning praise from the touch-line faithful few. Unfortunately they were all from deep and fizzled out without posing a serious threat.
Young Callum Cochrane had more chance to impress this week after his ten minute cameo performance two weeks ago. He he made his first team debut in front of his father the legendary Alec. He was certainly committed both in attack and defence replacing Gavin Taylor who suffered a calf knock.
Centre Will Simkins did not get much chance to gets his long legs going in attack. But he did put in some withering tackles on his opposite number causing a sharp intake of breath by watchers and tackled player alike.
At the other end of the age scale was Ian ‘Robbo’ Robinson at number eight who unfortunately is not available every week because of parental duties. He brings an air of authority to proceedings and settles things down when the headless chicken syndrome might kick in.
And thinking of headless chickens ex-winger now second row Gareth Rutt had an immense match. There were concerns from the physio that a knock on the head might have done some damage. But Mr Rutt would have none of it putting in a powerful performance around the park.
No tries for Biggleswade but plenty of endeavours.
Next up is a home tie with Northampton Boys Brigade Old Boys who Biggleswade managed to lose to (17-10) although having most of the possession and territory. The match kicks off at 3pm.