Biggleswade Colts returned from their friendly at Stockwood Park on Sunday with a 27-12 win.
Within a couple of minutes of the start Jacob M had collected the ball on halfway, ridden a couple of attempted tackles, sidestepped two defendersand avoided an attempted ankle tap in the left corner before dotting down under the posts, converted by Matt M. Biggy therefore seven points to the good.
A period of scrums, reset scrums, knock-ons and ‘unlikely’ forward passes occurred before Harry C’s perfect lineout delivery allowed Jacob to gather and with the help of the big lumps in support, the ball was fed back to Tom A who with just two metres left was always favourite to crash over the line, albeit left of the posts, so not converted, but a 12-0 lead.
An impressive pick-up at the restart by Tom R, the ‘new’ fly-half got Biggy off on another attack before things settled down again. The hosts seldom ran the ball, preferring to clear their lines at every opportunity with a big boot in that first half. Confusion reigned at scrum time when Matt M was deemed offside and before the lads knew it, Stockwood had bundled the ball over the line and under the posts.
Play wise, a quiet spell followed with the odd poor pass, lineout lost, penalties conceded for not moving away or tackler not releasing quickly enough resulting in the vocals from the touchline being more noticeable than any chat on the pitch! Matt M did show some of the other lads how to tackle though, with an excellent flattening of the SP right winger who had looked odds on to score down the Biggy right.
The final play of the half saw an incredible piece of ‘opportunism’ from the hosts scrum-half. At a Biggy put-in, whilst defending near the 5m line, the SP number 9 grabbed the ball from amongst the feet of the Biggy pack (the middle of the scrum!), and stood up with ball in hand, at which the unsighted official responded with ‘ball out’, a tussle for the ball had it plop onto the floor and a mass of striped shirts piled onto it….with the boys in blue and red stood waiting for the penalty to be awarded, but it wasn’t to be and therefore the half-time score was to stand at 12-12.
The new super svelte Matty B had joined the fray, taking over at hooker and the ever dependable Harry C moved to prop, but at scrum time the hosts were still regularly nabbing the ball at the put-in, impressively down to the textbook hooking of SP number 2.
Kashane made a fantastic tackle stopping his opponent on the spot, which got the boys in the mood for a series of decent breaks. The ball regularly moved down the line, through the hands, and momentum only lost due to the odd knock-on or Biggy player was pushed into touch. A high tackle on Ollie went unpunished before the constant pressure saw Biggy looking like scoring once more.
Matt G swerved his way through the defence but despite going to ground the ball was held up, Tom A then almost but not quite broke through, until Oli F crashed over. Matt M hit the post with the conversion attempt. Biggy 17-12 up. Callum cleared the Biggy lines following yet another scrum and Kashane almost broke through himself but lost control of the ball. Liam and Derek in particular were a constant nuisance to the Stockwood Park boys, competing for everything whilst Brook and Connor were bashing into everything that moved.
Another move through the line gave Luke F the opportunity to show his skills, cutting inside he was able to gain enough momentum to get the ball down over the white line for his try. Following the restart, Biggy moved a few personnel around, with Tom R in his favoured scrum-half role and a new number 10. The final move of the day saw Callum bob, weave and double-back on himself, scoring a try that showed what he can do without his support when he is determined enough! Ollie T was unable to convert, but the final score was 27-12 to the visitors – Biggleswade Colts.
Connor, Owen, Steve and Dominic battled hard for the cause despite not being specifically mentioned or glorified in this report!
Biggy Colts: Matt Beard, Oli Field, Derek Izzard, Jacob Martin, Liam Panton, Tom Roberts, Tom Allwright, Callum Cochrane, Brook Collett, Harry Cooke, Kashane Davies, Luke Fye, Matt Gooda, Matt Morrallee, Steve Thompson, Owen Simmonds, Dominic Smith, Ollie Trudgill and Connor Wilson.