MATCH REPORT: Borough 21, Kettering 18: City side record record one of their best wins in the last 10 years

Harry Roe carries the ball for Borough against Kettering, supported by Michael Watts, Joe Andresen, Nico Steenkamp, Sarel Pretorius and Ben Higton. Photo: Mark Shore.
Harry Roe carries the ball for Borough against Kettering, supported by Michael Watts, Joe Andresen, Nico Steenkamp, Sarel Pretorius and Ben Higton. Photo: Mark Shore.
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Borough came out on top of a nerve-jangling finale to celebrate one of their best wins of recent years today (September 9).

The city side pipped Kettering 21-18 at Fengate to record their first victory of the Midlands Division One season.

A try for Borough from Joe Andresen in their 21-18 win over Kettering. Photo: Mark Shore.

A try for Borough from Joe Andresen in their 21-18 win over Kettering. Photo: Mark Shore.

But what a finish! Borough looked to have sealed the win when Joe Andresen kicked an 80th minute penalty to take a three point lead.

But Borough promptly conceded a penalty in a very kickable central position, but the Kettering kicker pushed the ball wide seconds before the final whistle blew.

“That’s one of our best wins for a decade,” Borough vice-chairman Archie Bennett enthused. “Kettering are a very strong team tipped to go well this season, but were outstanding from 1-15.

“We deserved the win and hopefully it will be the start of a successful season of our own. It was a great finish and a great result.”

Ben Higton in possession for Borough during their 21-18 win over Kettering. Photo: Mark Shore.

Ben Higton in possession for Borough during their 21-18 win over Kettering. Photo: Mark Shore.

Andreson was the points-scoring star. He claimed a try in the second minute after excellent work from Jono Anderson and Michael Bean which he also converted.

Borough extended their advantage to 12-0 when prop Michael Watts, a close season signing from Spalding, barged over before the inevitable fightback from the powerful visitors.

Kettering crossed for a try two minutes before the break and two minutes after it, one of which was converted to make it 12-12.

Andresen converted two more penalties in quick succession for 18-12, but Kettering hit back again with two penalties to make it 18-18 with five minutes to go, thus setting up a thrilling finish.