Towcestrians vs. Old Northamptonians
|Author: Pip Parsons Pics: James Rudd||Published: 16th December 2012 01:41|
Towcestrians 37-15 Old Northamptonians
The ONs were missing leading points scorer Alex Rose, Rory Seymour moving from full back to fly half, Will Kingston coming in at 15, Gareth Graham replacing the injured Matt Love in the centre and fit again Lewis Bodily starting on the wing.In the pack Matt Bedden was at blind side, Sam Howes moved from second row to No 8 and Tom Holliday replaced him. The bench comprised Joe Hawksworth, Dan Napier and Jack Rose.
For the second week in succession indiscipline cost the ONs dear, early yellow cards twice reducing them to fourteen men. During the first 10 minutes Tows failed to take advantage of their numerical supremacy on the scoreboard but they did build momentum and during the second they racked up fifteen unanswered points.
The ONs kicked off with the advantage of the diagonal crosswind at their shoulders,a wind they failed to use at all during the first half and again their kicking out of hand was poor throughout the whole game, apart from Tom Goodman's kick for Lewis Bodily's try.
Tows had the better of the early exchanges and after just 8 minutes the ONs were down to fourteen with Ralph Rainbow being sent to the sin bin. Tows continued to dominate but wasted chances as poor handling let them down and it wasn't until Ash Fullthorpe received the ONs second yellow card on 22 minutes that the home side turned their pressure into points. James Falvey kicked the penalty awarded for the sin bin offence and 5 minutes later winger Dave Stocks chipped over the defence and won the race for the touch down.
The visitors then missed touch with a clearance kick and when the ball was moved to the opposite side of the pitch ex ON Charlie Barker raced down the touch line and went round under the posts to present Falvey with an easy conversion. Restored to fifteen men the ONs launched a rare attack with a fine run by Jordan Brew who found Rory Seymour in support but Seymour's pass was intercepted and Tows cleared.
As half time approached a Tom Goodman penalty made the score 15-3 but immediately after the break the ONs fell offside, Gus Hopewell quickly took the kick to stroll through untouched and Falvey added the two points. The ONs pack at last began to exert some authority with the ball carriers,particularly Tom Holliday and Brew, running with purpose and making inroads and an inch perfect kick through by Goodman saw Lewis Bodily finish in the corner.
Another solid build up took the visitors deep into opposition territory,a drive down the blind side was held up over the line, the 5 metre scrum was driven on and after a series of penalties and scrums, the referee awarded a penalty try and with Goodman's conversion the ONs had reduced the Tows lead to 22-15.
However Tows quickly replied when Matt Yuill drove over from close range and although Falvey missed the difficult kick, taken after a 10 minute delay to allow a Tows player to be stretchered off, he was successful with a second penalty and the conversion of Tows final try. A free kick for an early engagement at the scrum was quickly taken by Hopewell and Barker was on hand to dive over and take the final score to 37-15.
ONs:Will Kingston,Richard Blank,Kieran O'Connor,Gareth Graham,Lewis Bodily,Rory Seymour,Tom Goodman,Matt Bedden,Sam Howes,Ash Fulltorpe,Tom Holliday,Rhys Hughes,Ralph Rainbow,Jordan Brew,Mark Edwards.
Replacements:Joe Hawksworth,Dan Napier,Jack Rose.Man of the Match:Tom Holliday
Next week the ONs meet league leaders Peterborough Lions at Billing Road with a 2.15pm kick off.