Biggy fall short despite fightback at Melton

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On their most recent trip to Leicester Biggleswade went down to Melton Mowbray by 19 points to 27 in their Midlands 2 East (South) clash on Saturday.

But the margin could have been a lot worse as at half-time Biggleswade were losing by 22 points. In a great second half revival they almost got back to secure a losing point.

With the benefit of the slope and the wind behind them Melton started strongly scoring in the first minute in the right corner.

Another soon followed under the posts as Biggleswade struggled to get into the game.

The match saw the return of Michael Haddow to the back-row after several weeks out and Luke Haverley to full-back.

Conditions were a nightmare for the number 15 with the ball swirling in the wind and making the most adept player look uncertain.

But Luke had a great game with place kicks putting over two from three conversions and narrowly missing with the other from the touchline. Luke last played for the 1st XV in December 2014.

Before the break Melton added to their tally with another try and then a dropped goal for a total of 22 points. Having battled into the elements for the first forty minutes the question posed at the break was would Biggy have the resolve to come back?

Biggleswade managed three tries to set up a thrilling finish. First scrum half Michael Trigg crossed the line from close range for his sixth try in seven matches. Then Jonathan Hamilton was across the line although he later admitted it he dropped ithe ball before exerting downward pressure.

In the closing moments of the match James Ramsey used his might to get over the line. James should not really have been playing as he is waiting for a scan on his knee but being the clubman he is he responded to his captain’s call.

With the two successful conversions Biggleswade would have secured a bonus point, which they fully deserved, but Melton snuck in for a breakaway try.

This week there is home tie against old rivals Oadby-Wyggestonians. The Leicester based outfit are fourth in the league with Biggleswade two places behind. The match kicks off at 2.30pm.

Biggy: Dom Nott, Sasha Heath, Jimmy Caulfield (Adam Pates), Kyle Loan, Slawek Bukowski (James Ramsey), Michael Haddow, Jonathan Hamilton, Liam Dunne, Michael Trigg, Will Roake, Michael Hall, Karl Lofty, Gareth Rutt, Luke Haverley.