Borough boys seriously injured in heavy defeat

Johnny Hartwell drives forward for Borough at Market Harborough on his return to the side.  Moments later he suffered a broken ankle.

Johnny Hartwell drives forward for Borough at Market Harborough on his return to the side. Moments later he suffered a broken ankle.

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It’s not been the best of starts to 2015 for Borough . . . and it certainly doesn’t get any easier.

After a crushing cup defeat at Newbold on Avon on 3 January, in which they had skipper and star player Sam Crooks sent off, Borough were bashed again last Saturday.

The travelled with a depleted side to Market Harborough for a Midlands Division Two East (South) clash and lost 27-0. They also suffered two bad injuries in the process.

To add to their woes Johnny Hartwell, on his return to action after a long lay-off, broke his ankle, and stand-in skipper Owain Pearce dislocated his knee - an injury which resulted in the game being switched to another pitch while paramedics arrived.

Next up they face the toughest possible league game when entertaining high-flying Northampton Old Scouts at Fengate on Saturday (kick-off 2.15pm).

“Last Saturday was not a good day at the office” said vice-chairman Archie Bennett.

“While the result was very disappointing, we are equally concerned about the welfare of our players as they are all amateurs who need to go to work on a Monday.

“Old Scouts will be a massive challenge for us, but we have seen in previous weeks that we can compete with, and beat, teams at the top of the league, especially when we are at home.”

Selection for Saturday will take place tonight ( Thursday ) and there is good news on that front, with several key players returning to the squad.

Captain Crooks and Italian Tomasso Lotti will be returning to the squad and it’s hoped that at least four other key players will be in the mix to take on the league leaders.

On a brighter note, Borough seconds celebrated a big win in the East Midlands Merit League.

They beat Northampton BBOB seconds 42-10 with skipper Josh Casbon claiming a hat-trick of tries.

New boy Carl Cox acquitted himself well in the loose, while Blake Herron had a strong, mature game in the front row.