Poor start proves costly

Biggleswade 18 Old Newtonians 32 Biggleswade currently have two styles of play in their Midlands Four East (South) league fixtures. One is awful usually shown in the first 20 minutes and the other is catch-up displayed in the next hour of the match. On

Biggleswade 18 Old Newtonians 32

Biggleswade currently have two styles of play in their Midlands Four East (South) league fixtures.

One is awful usually shown in the first 20 minutes and the other is 'catch-up' displayed in the next hour of the match.

On Saturday, Biggleswade had a terrible first 20 minutes conceding four tries but then pulled their socks up so well that they outscored the visitors.

The match in Leicester had been a close run thing where Biggleswade's pack had the upper hand especially in the second half after a severe cloudburst had made the pitch very sticky.

This time when the pack 'stuck it up their jumper' and played to the team's strength they looked much the better side. The three-quarters alas tried hard but little on the whole went right for them.

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Biggy were more than 20 points down before Mark Rastrick landed two penalties to give Biggleswade hope of a revival.

Newts stretched their lead with a penalty of their own.

A second-half try from number eight Ian Robinson after an excellent break by Nathan Thoday was carried on by James Young and Ross Taylor who gave the scoring pass. Rastrick added the conversion.

Biggy cut the deficit further when Ben Caulfield was the last forward to touch the ball as the forwards won a short lineout and drove over the line.

In the closing moments as Biggy tried to clear their line a charged down kick resulted in another Newts score to flatter the final tally.

If only Biggleswade could play for the whole game like they do for the last hour.