Borough boys are facing another really tough test

Ben Higton scored two tries.
Ben Higton scored two tries.
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It’s another toughie for Borough on Saturday as they face a top-two side in Midlands Division One for the second weekend running.

They’re away at big East Midlands rivals Bedford Athletic in what will most probably be their toughest test of the season.

The Bedford boys, coached by former Fengate boss Andy Phillips and relegated from National League Three last season, will be itching to get back to the head of the table after losing top spot to Syston last weekend.

While they were having a rare off-day at Paviors (they lost 45-24), Syston were winning 29-22 against Borough at Fengate.

It wasn’t a bad effort by Borough against a side operating at National League Three level last season and they were only just pipped by a late try.

They picked up two bonus points - one for scoring four tries and one for losing by seven points or less - and were satisfied with the return.

Vice-chairman Archie Bennett said: “It was a really good game between two good sides but Syston were slightly better than us.

“The thing is when you make mistakes against a side of the calibre of Syston you are going to get punished.

“At the end of the day, although we were obviously disappointed to lose, it was two very good points gained by us.

“We weren’t at the very top of our game so to push them close was a good effort.”

Flanker Ben Higton was Borough’s man-of-the-match and scored two of Borough’s four tries - his second a superb solo effort. Full-back Reggie Reid and centre Michael Bean also touched down.

Borough are fourth in the league standings.

In the same division there was a really high-scoring affair at Oundle as they beat Bugbrooke 50-43.

Oundle led 33-8 at half-time before Bugbrooke staged a spirited second-half revival.

Tries for Oundle were scored by Craig Tandy (2), Will Carrington, Henry Pegley, James Keane, Jack Sharpley and Robb Shingles.

Oundle are seventh in the table and visit Huntingdon on Saturday.