Kettering Colts 7-37 Bedford Blues Athletic Colts
By Chris Shacklady
Colts secure a decent win and put some demons to rest.
After a few frustrating weeks, the colts delivered an early Christmas present to their supporters and provided exactly what the coaching team had asked of them.
With players returning from injury and selection starting to become more competitive, today was a day for us to brush ourselves down from the disappointment of the last few weeks and for this young colts team to prove what they are truly capable of. With a few key players still away with injuries, the lads put on a fine performance, especially in the first half.
Credit needs to go to our front row who put in one of their biggest shifts of the season, with all three (despite starting to blow a bit) staying on the pitch the whole game. With Ed telling them that there’s only 5 minutes left from just after half time, they did a sterling job – thankfully as front row players, they don’t really know what one minute is, let alone five! Good work Lewis, Harry and Mass.
Every player had a very solid day today, but special mention goes to our ever reliable Irish fella (Dino Doyle) who was a complete nuisance at every breakdown, and pushed himself to the limit again. It is clearly becoming infectious, as fellow back row Callum French also put in a great performance with a huge tackle count and some fantastic carries. Man of the match however went to Frank (I don’t say much) Madi, who is really starting to push his game onto new levels.
The match as it unfolded (ish);
- From a series of forward plays Lewis Smith scored our first try from a pick and go from 22 metres, OH OK – it was really 2 metres but I’m sure another 20 will be added by tomorrow afternoon.
- Morty (junior) calmly slotted a penalty a few minutes later to put us 8-0 up within the first 10 minutes of the game and take some heat out of the game.
- Our ever reliable Irish fella was then very quick to follow a chip through from Morty and beat two defenders to put another 5 points on the board. Dino was unlucky not to get another in the second half having displayed his full back skills to step through much of the Kettering defence, before being held up 10 metres short. Oh OK – he dropped it in contact, but who noticed after such a great run.
The returning Will Willcocks then thought it was time for him to get in on the act and after a chip over the top from Morty, Matt O’Connor kicked ahead for a perfectly weighted nudge to the try line which saw Will in a foot race with two of the Kettering players, to get his hand on the ball ahead of them. Morty converted and within a few minutes, Will created his opportunity to secure his second try of the day. Score 25-0.
The tactical changes were made at half time, only to see another re-shuffle within the first 10 minutes of the second half with the returning Ben Feltham and Reece Gray both leaving the field due to injuries and Fin Jones stepping in at 9 to do a superb job for the rest of the game.
It was around this time that our very own forest gump (Eugene Holmes) hit the field, and on pretty much his first touch of the ball, showed his extreme speed to run the ball from his own 22 to their try line. If only one of our players had been quick enough to keep up with him and remind him to put it down or dive when he crossed the line, we would have nailed another 5 points!
Having broken the Kettering line many times throughout the first half, it was only fitting that the next try came from Jonah Charnock who had a very strong game and continued to turn the Kettering defence with some well-placed kicks and settle things down at the right time.
Proving that size isn’t everything, the final Bedford try came from Jed Davidson who using some fine forwards footwork weaved his way through the opposition for a very well deserved try. Converted by Morty.
Having visited Waverley Road many times over the years, we know that Kettering are a very determined side and one that will not back down. They made some outstanding try saving tackles and (in part due to our lack of discipline in the closing stages), thoroughly deserved their converted try in the last few minutes of the game.
Well done lads – enjoy the Christmas break and see many of you at the Carol service tomorrow.
Jack Davenport, Jed Davidson, Dino Doyle, Callum French, Harry Keech, Frank Madi, Matt O'Connor, Massimo Scarcelli, Lewis Smith, Harry Sutton.
Callum Andrews, Liam Batty, Jonah Charnock, Ben Feltham, Reece Gray, Myles Haughton, Eugene Holmes, Finley Jones, Lachlan Milligan, Leo Mortimer, William Willcocks.
Match report by Chris O'Dell.