Sunday, 8 December 2013

Bosworth battle in vain

MARKET BOSWORTH 20-24 LICHFIELD
Saturday 7th December 2013
Midlands 1 West
Cadeby Lane, Market Bosworth, Leicestershire

After last weeks trip to Coalville RFC I always had the intention of watching another rugby union game this Saturday as well. It was a case of which local side to visit, and with the fixtures giving me plenty of options I narrowed it down to a shortlist of three. There were along with Bosworth, South Leicester and Leicester Forest. 

Market Bosworth play their home games on Cadeby Lane which is on the eastern edge of the village. As you enter there are three pitches, large car park and clubhouse. The main pitch nearest to the clubhouse is railed off on the two sidelines only, with dugouts on the far side and a scoreboard in the far corner. Also there was no hard standing surrounding the pitch or cover for spectators. When arriving at the ground I was not charged an admission fee and no programme was issued. 

The game today was a bottom v top encounter in Midlands 1 West and on paper it should have been a comfortable victory for the unbeaten visitors. Bosworth opened the scoring early on with a penalty before two unconverted tries gave Lichfield a 10-3 lead. The home side got the final score of the first half with another successful penalty attempt. Early on in the second half Bosworth took the lead for the only time in the game. A penalty attempt struck the upright and they gathered the ball to go over for a try which was converted. Lichfield then upped their game and scored two more tries, both of which were converted to give them a lead of 13-24. After a spell of sustained pressure Bosworth finally got a second converted try to reduce the arrears to just four points with four minutes remaining. 

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