Hope is still alive

Rushden and Higham 10 Biggleswade 10 Midlands Four East (South) A converted try in the last couple of minutes snatched a vital league point for Biggleswade and kept alive their slim hopes of survival. Rushden, fifth in the table, seemed to have done just

Rushden and Higham 10 Biggleswade 10 Midlands Four East (South)

A converted try in the last couple of minutes snatched a vital league point for Biggleswade and kept alive their slim hopes of survival.

Rushden, fifth in the table, seemed to have done just enough for victory but an old fashioned kick and rush saved the day for Biggleswade.

The game was a lottery throughout with a blustery wind, the deceptive slope and treacherous surface that had thawed on top after a heavy overnight frost all contributing to awkward conditions.

The only points of the first half as Biggleswade played with the wind but up the slope was a drop goal from Mark Rastrick. Drop goals are even rarer than league wins away from home.

But a win looked distinctly unlikely as Rushden scored a try wide out after a lengthy spell of pressure.

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They seemed to have wrapped up the win with another try from a forward move but with both tries unconverted Rushden only led by seven points.

A kick ahead saw the Rushden defence under pressure and dropping the ball that was hacked on by hooker Darryl Rogers.

Captain Ross Taylor just won the race for the touchdown. Rastrick drew the scores level with a cool conversion into the wind and Biggleswade hung on.

The point only closes the gap slightly but depending on other results they could still stay up if they win three more.

Two of these games are against the top two placed clubs so it is a tall order.