Borough spent most of last season flirting with relegation. This season the early signs are they could be challenging at the other end of the Midlands Division Two East (South) table.
They’re currently second in the standings after making it two wins out of two with a 45-38 triumph at home to Lutterworth on Saturday.
For an hour at least they looked good and tries by Chris Sansby (3), George Offer, Adam Kimber, Sam Crooks and Ben Crooks, plus a dazzling man-of-the-match performance by Ryan Morris, gave them a commanding 45-7 lead.
What happened next mind you wasn’t so good. With the game seemingly won, they didn’t just ease off, they dropped off, and allowed Lutterworth to run in four converted tries.
Get that bit right and providing they don’t suffer too many injuries, then they could be a force at this level.
This Saturday will provide them with a good test when they visit league leaders Market Harborough.
Several other local sides have also started well.
Huntingdon, Stamford, Oundle, Thorney and Deeping are all unbeaten with Stamford and Thorney sitting at the top of their leagues.
Thorney beat Brackley 34-0 even though it took them 34 minutes to make the breakthrough when scrum-half Josh Honeybun crossed. Further tries were added by Ed Johnson, Jamie Jenkins, Sean Leedell and Marcus Papworth. The win sets Thorney up nicely for a local derby away at Deeping this weekend.
Dan Malem became the first Huntingdon player to score 1,000 points for the club when scoring 22 in their 42-19 win over Paviors.
Borough seconds under new coach Andy Shearer made a winning start by beating Spalding seconds 31-12 with tries by Steffen Almond, Andy Hicks, Tiago Rodrigues, Jack Drewery and Jack Trolove.
Particularly impressive was the hard work of back row Rob Moulds, the speed and awareness of centre Jack Drewery and the all-round performance of 18 year-old scrum-half Tom Downer.
START PLAYING AGAIN
Borough are running a ‘get back to rugby’ course starting on Tuesday September 29 (6.30pm-8pm) at Fengate and running for four weeks. It is aimed at the 16-30 year-olds (introductory to third team level) and will incorporate basis fitness training, ball skills and tackling. The course is open to anyone and is free.
SHORT SPONSORS SOUGHT
New Hunts and Peterborough chairman John Sismey is appealing for shirt sponsors for the county Under 13, Under 14 and Under 15 sides.
This week the junior county selectors have been busy at trials picking squads that will soon come under the Northampton Saints Academy spotlight.
“And we want to make sure our lads look the part and get spotted,” said Sismey. “We’ve never had shirts for these teams - we’ve always borrowed kit - and it would give them such a lift to have their own kit with squad numbers.”
Sismey can be contacted on 07775 505737.