Rugby preview: Borough end a magic month with cup cracker

Borough's Italian centre Tommasso Lotti had a fine game against Coalville. Photo: TIM GATES
Borough's Italian centre Tommasso Lotti had a fine game against Coalville. Photo: TIM GATES
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Borough completed a magic month with a fifth November win on the trot on Saturday.

They overcame Coalville 29-22 in a thrilling RFU Intermediate Cup third round tie at Fengate.

They trailed 22-10 at the break but a stirring second-half fightback secured victory with a try 10 minutes from time by youngster Martin Ball.

Other touchdowns came from Joe Andresen, Jack Gunn and John Thompson.

Aaron Throne and George Offer put in big, bone-crunching hits for Borough all afternoon, skipper Sam Crooks led from the front as usual, and back row boys Gunn and Chayne Loades worked their socks off.

Borough are at home again on Saturday. They take on Biggleswade in Midlands Division Two East (South) and if they can carry on where they left off against Coalville a fourth successive league win should ensue. Kick-off is at 2.15pm.

Coach Lee Adamson was due to make his final selection on Thursday and although George Offer is unavailable, Rob Jacobs, Owain Pearce and Ben Crooks all come back into contention for a place in the squad.

Club vice-chairman Archie Bennett said: “ We are back to having almost a full squad to pick from. The boys that have come in over the last few weeks have been very good, and competition for places is healthy.”

Peterborough Lions are also at home in National League Division Three (Midlands) and they’re sure to return to winning ways after a defeat at Bromsgrove last time out when they entertain rock-bottom Burton at Bretton Park (2.15pm).

They have doubts over Tom Laws and John Harlock but otherwise will be at full strength.

Their latest signing - prop Matt Davis-Binge from Huntingdon - will not be included due to injury.

“He’s a monster,” said Lions chairman Andy Moore. “He’s 6ft 2ins, weighs 19 stones, is excellent at the set-piece and gets around the park.

“He’s just what we need to strengthen for the second half of the season. Our target is three more wins before Christmas and that should elevate us into the top three or four. Then our mission is to stay there.”

Three Lions players - Adam Barnard, Saad Sait and Darren Fox - were in the Steele Bodger XV that beat Cambridge University 26-10 last week.

Borough seconds followed up their excellent Hunts and Peterborough Cup success against Peterborough Lions with a 26-15 win over East Midlands IPA League leaders Bletchley seconds.

Will Cook played a starring role in his last game before jetting off on a sight-seeing trip to Asia for six months, by kicking 11 points. Tries were scored by Blake Heron, Cliff Casbon and Angus Milton.