Borough boys need to bounce back

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After last weekend’s disappointing display at home to Biggleswade, Borough will be looking to bounce back on Saturday when they travel to Midlands Division Two East (South) basement club Dunstablians.

After putting a five-match winning run together in November, Borough started December full of optmism.

But they weren’t at the races against Biggleswade. They conceded a try straight from the kick-off and after a hopeless first-half showing during which they failed to get their tackles in, they were 43-3 down at the break.

It got a little better in the second half - they scored two tries to Biggleswade’s one - but a 48-15 pasting came as a shock.

Vice-chairman Archie Bennett said: “The atmosphere in the changing room after last Saturday’s defeat was one that we do not want to see repeated. The lads were shellshocked. After having done so well in the previous five games, they were deeply disappointed that they had under-performed.

“However, we will be taking last week’s second-half performance to Dunstable. We won that, and we will lift ourselves back up for Saturday.

“A poor first-half showing has not made us a bad side, and the effort and determination which is our trademark was back in evidence at training on Tuesday night.”

Borough will select their side tonight (Thursday ) and will include George Offer, Angus Milton, Mark Hodges and Rob Jacobs, all of whom did not play last week.

The second team also travel to Dunstable. They will definitely be without prop Scott McLean who dislocated a kneecap and ruptured ligaments around the joint during Saturday’s defeat by Ampthill fourths.

Borough meanwhile have been drawn away in the fourth round of the RFU Intermediate Cup. They will travel to Newbold on Avon on January 3.

Newbold play at the same level as Borough but are having a great season. They are second in Midlands Division Two West (South) with just one loss from 10 games.

The final will be held at Twickenham on May 3.

RFU Intermediate Cup, fourth round draw (Midlands): Bridgnorth v Wellingborough, Newbold on Avon v Peterborough, Northampton Old Scouts v Stourbridge Lions, Spartans or Oadby Wyggestonians v Ashbourne.