Big chance for Borough boys to ease their relegation worries

Rob Jacobs in action for Borough against Wellingborough. Picture: Tim Gates

Rob Jacobs in action for Borough against Wellingborough. Picture: Tim Gates

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It’s a huge day down at Fengate on Saturday when Borough entertain old rivals Stewart & Lloyds from Corby in the English Clubs Championship (2.15pm).

Borough came up second best last weekend in their Midlands Division Two East (South) clash at second-placed Wellingborough, meaning they are still hovering dangerously close to the drop-zone.

They desperately need a win on Saturday to ease relegation worries and with Stewart & Lloyds sitting second from bottom in the table, a bonus-point victory will certainly be expected of them.

Borough actually scored first against Wellingborough - Rob Jacobs again crashing through the centre to touch down - but they were second best for the rest of the game.

“We were never really in first gear on Saturday,” said vice-chairman Archie Bennett.

“Wellingborough are chasing promotion and were coming off a defeat, and we were on the receiving end of a big display from them.

“We were second in most departments, didn’t take our chances, missed tackles and even fell foul of most refereeing decisions.

“This Saturday, with home advantage and healthy support from those attending the pre-match lunch, the lads will be gunning for a win with a four-try bonus point.”

Skipper Sam Crooks will certainly be expecting a big improvement from a near full-strength line-up.

Second row John Thompson and full-back Tomasso Lotti are unavailable, but returning to the squad are props George Dinsdale and George Hicks. Also up front, Ben Crooks, Adam Whiles, Jack Gunn and Dewi Pearce will be in contention for starting places.

On another positive note for the club, Tom Williams has re-signed after a spell with Peterborough Lions and is included in Saturday’s matchday squad. It’s likely he will slot into the full-back position, where he came on as a replacement last Saturday.

Borough seconds meanwhile have reached the Hunts and Peterborough County Cup final.

They beat Huntingdon seconds 27-6 in the semi-finals on Saturday thanks to tries by Richie Warlow, Ross Fudger, Nathan Holt and Sam Redhead.