Disappointment for Peterborough RUFC, belated joy for Oundle, frustration for Peterborough Lions
The City side struggled with injury problems and a determined Lutterworth side at Fengate, with the visitors taking the spoils 23-14.
Borough started well and scored their first try after 3 minutes through Sam Crooks. Unfortunately, the influential Crooks was injured scoring the try and had to leave the field. Borugh then suffered another blow when winger Nic Langton was forced off the touchline with a nasty knee injury. To compound Boro’s troubles, Lutterworth scored two tries to take a 12-7 halftime lead.
The second half started with Lutterworth scoring a penalty to extend their lead. Boro galvanized and scored a superb try through captain George Offer to get back into the game with the score now 18-14 for the visitors.
Unfortunately, two more injuries meant the Borough side finished with 14 fit players and compounded by discipline Ill Lutterworth ran out of deserved winners.
Borough coach Shane Manning said: “It was a 2 halves final game. I was happy with the first half despite being behind on the scoreboard, but the second half wasn’t good enough.
“We had a lot of injuries which caused us problems but we should have been good enough to deal with them. There were still some enjoyable performances. Willis Ingleby at the opening half led the team well on the field and James Fear made a strong debut at scrum half.
“Now we need to dust ourselves off quickly and prepare for a tough game at Market Harborough.”
The Peterborough Lions postponed their scheduled home game with Leighton Buzzard due to an unfit playing surface, but Oundle beat Bromsgrove 24-22 in a Regional Midlands Division One game at Occupation Road.
Oundle came back from 10-0 down to win with two tries for former Borough flier Vernon Horne, while Luke Sharpley and Will Cardell also crossed. Jordan Carey threw two conversions.
Sharpley claimed the winning score at the last minute.