MATCH REPORT: Borough miss out again, Oundle pipped in local derby

Mooki Tshepo-Olebile scored a try for Borough.
Mooki Tshepo-Olebile scored a try for Borough.
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They did better than of late but it was another English Clubs Championship defeat for Borough this afternoon (April 14).

They were at relegation-threatened Bugbrooke in Midlands Division One (East) and lost 27-19- their ninth defeat on the trot.

They were sitting on a 19-12 lead with 12 minutes to go but conceded three tries in the closing stages.

“We just ran out of steam, simple as that,” said Borough vice-chairman Archie Bennett.

”Up until then we’d played quite well. Hopefully we can finish with a win in our final game next Saturday at home to Huntingdon.”

Borough took the lead in the fifth minute with a try out wide by winger Luke Smedley and added another in the 28th minute when Mooki Tshepo-Olebile darted in under the posts for Jonno Anderson to convert.

But Bugbrooke also scored a couple of tries and it was 12-12 at the turnaround.

Prop Micky Watts charged over for Borough at the start of the second half, with Anderson again adding the extras, and it stayed at 19-12 until Borough’s late collapse.

In the same division, Oundle were in local derby action at Kettering and just came up short, losing a ding-dong battle 31-26 but picking up two bonus points.

Ben Milborne, Harry Winch, Will Carrington and James Keane were the Oundle try-scorers with Gareth Smithson kicking three conversions.

Borough are sixth in the table, one point ahead of Oundle in seventh spot.