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Valiant Effort Just Not Enough

Market Bosworth 46 - 21 Mansfield

Last Updated: Apr 4, 2016 08:30pm
Oak Tree, Mansfield
By Sports Reporter
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Perfect conditions greeted both teams on a warm sunny afternoon with only a slight wind to take into consideration. For the visitors the end of game report will record that the team played well in parts but simply made too many mistakes at critical times which cost them dearly in the final analysis. 

Coach Wayne Robinson knew this would be a tough away game after taking the spoils from Bosworth at home, he said “I was pleased with the way the lads played for large parts of the game but losing the ball at critical times is always going to hurt a team”. 

Mansfield started well enough applying pressure in the Market Bosworth half. The ball was cleared but Mansfield fumbles it and the home backs seized on it spinning the ball wide to score in the corner for a 5 nil lead.  

Spurred into action, the next twenty minutes was all Mansfield and the blue & whites played some great rugby. With Bosworth under pressure on their 22 a short kick to clear was gathered by Mansfield surging forward towards the line allowing the in-form Mark Wallace to pick up and crash over the line equalling the score at 5-5. 

Although Ryan Haywood just missed the kick from out wide, the youngster appeared to carry where he left off last week coming off the bench. This was his first start for the senior team and he looked to the manor born putting in another fine performance. He then had chance to make amends just a few minutes later when the home side transgressed and he slotted a penalty to take his team 8-3 in front. 

From a Bosworth restart that didn’t make the full 10 metres Mansfield applied further pressure through the imperious Josh Hall and Ryan Haywood was presented with another opportunity to kick a penalty. This he did and Mansfield were 11-5 up and looking good against a slightly stunned Leicestershire outfit. 

As the half hour mark approached, Mansfield attacked again loose play coughs up the ball and Bosworth put together a lovely sequence of play through their backs and score in the corner. With the kick missed Mansfield’s lead is now a slender one point at 10-11. 

What followed was Mansfield kicking on again and producing arguably the best try of the match. From being under pressure Mansfield are awarded a scrum and half back Lewis Cowlishaw breaks out slipping the ball to Ollie Stanford. Following some nifty footwork he finds Flanker Will Limb in support and the speedy back rower finished off the final 50 metres with only the home Full Back in attendance and he was unable to prevent him from scoring in the corner. Mansfield are now ahead 16 points to 10 with a few minutes to half time and Bosworth have to react. 

Predictably they do; and the pressure comes from their excellent forward pack who spring into life. Some muscular work from them results in a try under the posts and the home side regain the lead 17-16. A few short error ridden minutes later for Mansfield and Bosworth have fashioned two more tries. From a position of strength the visitors now find themselves 29-16 down as Ollie Stanford comes agonisingly close to scoring as the half ends. 

With the second half under way Chester Scott replaces Emmanuel Ogunode. The home side repeated their first half start with an early try bringing the score to 34-16. Quick thinking from the Bosworth Number 8 after being awarded a penalty saw him score under the posts. The score is now 41-16. 

As the third quarter drew to a close Mansfield found some rhythm again with the forward and the backs working in concert to produce a well worked try for Pete Alldread bringing the score to 41-21. Regan Hubbard replaced Mark Wallace and was immediately into the action ripping the ball off a Bosworth forward as Mansfield are now pressing for a 4th try to secure a bonus point. Sadly it was not to be as the home had the final word following some scrappy play and the official signalled the end of the game. 

Mansfield’s game this weekend is the final home game of the season against Melbourne. Kick-off is 3pm. You can follow the action on Twitter, just go to @MansfieldRugby.

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