Biggleswade went down to the league leaders Market Harborough in their latest Midlands 2 East (South) fixture 18-5 on Saturday.
Biggleswade had most of the possession and the territory but could not turn pressure into points.
Instead the visitors scored three unconverted tries turning defence into attack in a twinkling to make Biggleswade rue their missed chances.
Biggleswade’s only try came from scrum half Michael Trigg who finally bored his way through a tightly packed defence from close range. Biggleswade could really have done with the pace and power of their Sam Burgess from previous seasons – Lawrence Hutchinson now with Cambridge.
At 5-13 down and the game entering its last throes Biggleswade had high hopes of getting another score and a losing bonus point. Having worked their way into Harborough’s “22” and awarded an attacking scrum at close range to the line the pack turned up the gas and again disrupted the opposition scrum. A penalty seemed inevitable but instead Harborough were allowed to scramble the ball away going the length of the pitch for a try at the other.
The result sees Biggleswade drop one place in the league to fifth with an away trip next up against Melton Mowbray. They drew 22-all with Belgrave whom Biggleswade beat away from home so anything is possible. Biggleswade has played the Leicestershire outfit before but not since the 1990s.
Team: Dom Nott, Sasha Heath, Jim Caulfield (Adam Fage), Slawek Bukowski, Kyle Loan (Graham Williams), Liam Dunne, Michael Kendall, Jonathan Hamilton, Michael Trigg, Harry Worboys, Taig Norman, Michael Hall, Will Roake, Elliott Tunstall (Kyle Hookway), Alex Borg.
For a full report see Friday’s Biggleswade Chronicle.