Ladies notch up a wintry win21st March 2018
St Neots Ladies 0 – Biggleswade Ladies 25 (Friendly)
Biggleswade Ladies notched up a good away win at St Neots on Sunday in extremely testing conditions.
St Neots is exposed to the elements at the best of times, and the bitterly cold wind gave the ground a properly arctic feel. But the freezing temperatures and snow (which had led to the planned Bedfordshire Minis Festival at Biggleswade Rugby Club being cancelled), didn’t put off the two teams of ladies, who were keen to get game time.
In addition to the wintry weather, Biggy also had to cope with a couple of key players missing, a few playing out of position, and only one on the subs bench, but the team stepped up and performed well.
St Neots started well, pushing Biggleswade back early on. But Biggy showed great composure and line pressing from their own try line to snuff out the home side’s attack and keep them from scoring.
After withstanding more early pressure, Biggleswade began to win the ball in better areas of the pitch, leading to the first try, with centre Holly Crawford scoring in fine style after a good backs’ move, throwing a couple of dummies and swerves on her way to the try line.
Biggleswade continued to press forward and winger Ellie Reeve made a gain line-breaking angled run off a great pass from centre Claire ‘Chuckle’ Huckle, stretching and reaching over the line as she was tackled, and scoring her first try of the match.
Carolyn ‘Willy’ Drake, playing the second row for the first time, did a little jig at the breakdown (rumour has it she hadn’t actually stopped dancing since the previous night’s club social) before redeeming herself by throwing a miss pass across to Ellie, who went up the gears with a brilliant run from behind the halfway line to get her second try.
Biggy almost scored again with a maul that battered its way over St Neot’s try line, but the team couldn’t manage to ground the ball.
It wasn’t long before a fourth try did come, this time from a typically-determined, long-distance run from scrum half Teri Taylor. When the ball was worked out to the left, Teri pinned her ears back and outpaced the opposition – although it was actually her boot that needed pinning back, as one had split and was flapping in the wind as she raced in!
Full back Anna Kolanczyk got Biggleswade’s fifth and final try of the match, darting in and out of the St Neot’s defence with another strong run. It made up for her earlier contact lens/snow on the pitch confusion about where the dead ball line was, but we’ll not mention that…
Final Score: St Neots 0 – Biggleswade Ladies 25
Forward of the match was Jo Shepley, in her first match for the club, filling in at flanker and growing hugely in confidence as the game went on. (As Jo was driving, Deena Watson took on drink-downing duties for her and got herself a special mention for playing in her first ever rugby game, and showing great team spirit and generosity in putting in a stint as winger for St Neots, who were short of players. She did also get the chance to pull on a Biggy shirt, thanks to a couple of Royston players who helped out with St Neots’ numbers).
Back of the match was Anna Kolanczyk for another great running and tackling performance at full back.
Many thanks to St Neots for arranging the fixture and hosting at short notice: your support to a new team is much appreciated.
Biggleswade Ladies hold training sessions on Mondays and Fridays between 7.15pm and 9pm at Biggleswade Rugby Club on Langford Road. It’s free to try – click on the link to find out more: http://biggleswadeladiesrugby.co.uk
Picture credits: Tom Frost