Top six still the aim for Biggleswade Rugby Club

PUBLISHED: 15:50 26 January 2017

Michael Kendall in action for Biggleswade

Michael Kendall in action for Biggleswade

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Biggleswade Rugby Club are still confident of a solid mid-table finish this season depsite a 26-5 defeat to Midlands Three East (South) leaders Stewarts & Lloyds – and they have designs on a place in the top six.

The loss may have been partly expected; the Corby-based club had won all 12 games prior to Saturday’s visit to Langford Road and conceded just 79 points.

But what will please Biggleswade’s management and supporters was the brave efforts during the second half.

And they know that if they can replicate that performance in the remaining home games against those sides they beat away, then that top six spot is well within their grasp.

Biggleswade were forced into five changes from the side that exited the cup last week.

But with Michael Kendall and Ian Robinson returning to the pack and Will Simkins and Shane Austin to the three-quarters, the side looked stronger especially in the tackling department.

Considering the heavy overnight frost the pitch played quite well, just taking a stud. Below that the ground was still frozen. With the wind being a gentle breeze everything was set for an entertaining match and the crowd was not disappointed.

The first 20 minutes was a very even affair with both sides looking to exploit any weakness.

But once the visitors found that chink in the Biggleswade defence they quickly surged ahead.

Two tries in two minutes took the edge off the Biggleswade endeavour and thereafter it was damage limitation.

They worked hard in attack and defence just letting in a try either side of the break.

The pack was under pressure in the tight scrums but Robinson did very well picking up the ball at the base and giving young scrum-half Jack Webb a sporting chance of getting the ball away.

The no.8 was also very evident in knocking down opponents with strong tackles or charging into contact with the ball.

Youngster Tom Allwright continued to enhance his growing stature with another high-energy performance that ruffled the feathers of the Stewarts forwards. while Luke Haverly at fly-half put in some good clearances before over stretching himself and suffering a strain to his gluteus maximus.

Simkins again showed what a useful player he is when available, making some stupefying tackles on his opposite number as well as threading his way through the packed defence.

And it was he who scored Biggleswade’s only try, getting on the end of a three-quarter movement which saw him stretch over the line near the left corner.

Next up is another home fixture, this time against Daventry on Saturday.

And it is that home advantage, together with the belief garnered from Saturday, that will send them into the game as favourites.

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