Biggleswade U16s 10 v Dunstable U16s 24
Dunstable started the game at pace immediately putting pressure on Biggleswade. The home side held out well before Matt Lomas was able to put a well placed box kick in to touch, to relive our lines. From the ensuing lineout Elliott Fairhead tidied-up well, allowing Will Hall to gain further ground with a second touch find deep into Dunstable territory. It was Biggleswades turn to apply pressure. Dunstable kicked up field only to find Liame Dunne who gathered cleanly ran on and linked with Oli Morgan to return to the visitors half. A subsequent passage of play saw newly transferred winger Tom Uings stand-up his man creating space for his outside support Conner Bice allowing him to receive the ball and gain ground. This attack was unfortunate not to result in a try. The pressure continued forcing Dunstable to step offside at a ruck, inside their 10m line giving, Will Hall a kick at goal. This glanced off the upright and was scrambled away by Dunstable.
As the 20 minute mark approached Biggleswade seemed to lapse allowing a mesmerising run from the Dunstable centre to run undeterred, under the posts for an unconverted try.
Dunstable came back from the restart seeking a second, quick score but Biggleswades determined defence held them out forcing a further penalty from the visitors allowing a good touch find from Will. The following lineout saw a fantastic catch and drive by Biggleswade but the referee had already got his arm out for the throw-in being not-straight.
As we approached the half-time whistle Biggleswade strayed off-side at a scrum in-side their own 22m zone. Dunstable were quick to run the ball, spinning the ball along their back line, with the full-back joining in on the end to run around to touch down behind the posts.
The second half started with Biggleswade eager to put right some of their errors of the first-half. This lead to some frantic play occasionally applying further pressure to their performance. The scrum had found its feet and was now holding out the visitors well, providing some clean ball for the backs to run. But it was Dunstable’s danger man at 15 who struck first as if catching the home team unawares touching down for his second try.
Five minutes later it was Biggleswade who mounted an attack through Liame Dunne, a player from the U15’s lending support, who put up a superb kick down field, which he chased and put in the follow-up tackle. In a subsequent passage of play Dunstable were penalised for holding on. Matt Lomas restarted play quickly sending the ball along the back line, allowing Oli Morgan to go over and open the scoring for the home team.
A while later Biggleswade good have been forgiven for thinking they had been here before as Dunstable were again penalised in-side their 22 for pushing early in the scrum. Again taken quickly by Matt Lomas, he gained sufficient ground before transferring the ball wide out for Tom Darlow to finish-off with superhero aplomb.
Then followed 10 minutes of uneventful rugby with many re-set scrums for minor infringements. Maybe it was this dreary passage of play, which caused the home side to loose their focus but Dunstable once again let their danger man loose to run in his third try in the corner.