Little went right for Borough as they went down to a 25-14 Midlands Division Two (East) defeat at mid-table rivals Belgrave.
The city side were 22-0 down at the break playing into a strong wind and lost prop George Dinsdale to a nasty head injury which meant the first period was cut short while he received treatment for a deep cut. Jack Gunn also left the field with a back injury before the interval and George Offer departed in the second half with a hamstring injury.
Borough played well in the second-half, out-scoring their hosts by two tries to nil, but they were denied the losing bonus point they deserved when the referee disallowed Michael Cade’s gasp try after appearing to award it in the first place!
Playing into the stiff breeze Borough were quickly behind when the home pack drove over to make the score 5-0. Soon after Gunn’s departure Borough found themselves another two scores behind when a Belgrave winger wriggled free to score in the corner, and then poor tackling by the visitors allowed the home side’s centre to carve through at least three tacklers to touch down for a converted try to leave the score at 17-0.
Borough started to come into the game more, but their inability to build any passages of play meant that they were constantly pinned back by some good tactical kicking by Belgrave’s half-backs.
The killer fourth first-half try came just on half-time, but the game was marred as a contest when Dinsdale collected his injury
Borough responded well to adversity though with first Joe Andresen showing quick feet to outpace the defence and cross for a try and Chris Sansby then also scored from a quick tap penalty. Both tries were converted well by Harry Roe. Borough must now pick themselves up for next weeks home game against Biggleswade.