Rugby: Borough are buzzing again after a weekend to savour

Connor Newsome leads the chase for Lions seconds against Borough seconds. PICTURE: KEVIN GOODACRE
Connor Newsome leads the chase for Lions seconds against Borough seconds. PICTURE: KEVIN GOODACRE
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It’s all smiles down at Fengate again after Borough celebrated their best weekend of the season.

The first team made it four wins on the bounce, the seconds overcame big city rivals Peterborough Lions in a cup game and the ladies stormed to a record-breaking league win.

The first team’s success came at Stewart & Lloyds in Midlands Division Two East (South).

They took the hobours 27-17 due in the main to a fantastic first-half showing by the backs.

Winger Chris Sansby led the way with a cracking hat-trick of tries and centre George Offer also crossed as Borough raced into a 27-10 lead by half-time.

The big S&L forwards came more into the game in the second period with a slope advantage but they managed only one try and Borough were celebrating a third league victory in succession.

They’re still in the relegation zone - they did after all lose their first six games - but on current form that won’t be for long.

This weekend they take a break from league action as they entertain unbeaten Midlands Division Two East (North) leaders Coalville in the third round of the RFU Intermediate Cup (2pm kick-off).

Vice-chairman Archie Bennett said: “The whole club is buzzing at the moment. Coalville will be tough opposition for the first team but we expect to win as that is now the culture amongst all our players.

“We may use this Saturday to look at some of our fringe players, but we know that whoever pulls on the jersey on Saturday will be up to the job in hand.

“Following Saturday’s game we have three important league games, and the target is to win them all and give the coaches Lee Adamson and Matt Albinson an early Christmas present.”

Borough seconds took great delight in beating the Lions second string 34-12 in a Hunts and Peterborough Cup tie.

The Lions first team may well be much better than Borough’s these days but that superiority clearly doesn’t penetrate through the ranks. Borough were the better side throughout a lively cup tie, hogging most of the possession and dominating territorially for long spells, and they stormed in for six tries.

Star of the show was John Griffin. The Borough number eight was a constant source of menace to the Lions and scored a hat-trick of tries. He received great support from Ross Fudger and Andy Barringer, while centre Blake Heron was another to catch the eye for the home side.

Fudger and Heron also scored tries with the other coming from flanker Jeff Coate.

For the Lions their new Lithuanian international Donatis Vilimavicius, who played on the wing, scored an interception try in the first minute and full-back Ollie Jones grabbed their second touchdown on the final whistle.

Borough Ladies won their WRFU South East (North) League Division Two match at Leighton Buzzard by a record-breaking 98-5 margin.

They scored 16 tries with Laura Phillips, Sarah Davey and Ellie Bath all racing in for hat-tricks. Biggest cheer though was for Jo Britchford as she crossed for her first try for the club.

Others to touch down were Steph Warlow, Tash Chilcott, Jackie Garland, Jess Robinson and Zoe Wright (2).

Borough could be celebrating a league title success on Sunday. The Under 16 side take on Daventry at Fengate (11am kick-off) and a win could be enough to give them the East Midlands League title.