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After easily beating local opposition in pre-season friendlies, Broadstreet were hoping to use Luton, traditionally one of the stronger sides in the league, as a benchmark to discover how well summer training had gone.

‘Street had the better start and pressurised for the first ten minutes though never really threatened the Luton line, a potential worry for new coach Tom Hoines considering the ease at which Broadstreet could score in the warm-up matches. However, this was not the case for Luton and in their first threatening position they crossed the line, second row Laurence Alden latching onto a break from his centre to collect the offload and score. 5-0

Broadstreet worked back up the field with the very next attack, prop Ben Dawes continuing where he left off last season by smashing through the ruck fringes. Despite good forward pressure it was a back line move which broke the defence, centre Andy Skene running full tilt into the opposition fly-half who made little attempt to tackle allowing Skene to score under the posts. 7-5

Full back Tom Stokes added a penalty after 20 miutes to increase the lead to five, but this was cancelled out by a brace with 5 minutes from Luton winger Aiden Kennedy which highlighted some defensive flaws in the ‘Street backline. 15-10

Tom Stokes proved he wasn’t just in the squad for his boot, scoring an excellent try by picking a wonderful line to break the initial defensive line and then by showing fast feet to beat the covering fullback, he strolled over to score close to the posts. The fact that he was picked not just for his kicking abilities was highlighted when he fluffed the easiest of conversions! 15-15

Half Time 15-15

The first real incident of the second half was....the sin-binning of Ed ’70 minutes’ Simkiss. Though to his defence this was slighty unjust, although Ed was actually involved in an ‘altercation’ the referee was looking a completely different direction when it happened, and therefore must have guessed the culprit from the red marks and the Luton players finger pointing.

Despite being a man down Broadstreet didn’t notice the loss of their inspirational leader and Simon Morris took advantage of Ed’s absence to score. Simkiss returned to the field just in time to watch Luton score their fourth try of the match, fullback Alex Sutherland was on the end of a well executed backs move which allowed him to breeze over the line untouched. 22-20

Broadstreet piled on the pressure for the last 15 minutes and Luton gave away a series of penalties which should have earnt a yellow card much earlier than it did. Num 8 Shaun ‘Screech’ Mahoney’s binning with 5 minutes allowed Tom Stokes to slot his second penalty and take Broadstreet back into the lead. Just as the game was closing Broadstreet sealed the win and a 4 try bonus point after pressurising an excellent clearance kick from fullback Tetley, the Luton fullback took to long to clear allowing Nick Thatcher to charge down the kick and gather it to score his 7th try this season (inc friendlies)

MotM – Ben Dawes, tireless and effective ball carrying

Depleted ‘Street Seconds Succumb to Strong ‘Scouts

Northampton Old Scouts First XV 31 Broadstreet 2nds 19

Due to early season absenteeism, Manager Paul Harcourt and assistant Bill Busby took only seventeen players away to take on a strong Midlands Two outfit, Northampton Old Scout’s First XV, which saw centre Lindsey Bishop and flanker Colum Berry, both unselfishly slotting in at full back and second row, respectively.

To their great credit the ‘Street lads pushed a well-drilled team all the way, despite playing with fourteen players twice - due to a yellow card and injuries to backs Adam Watts, Cam Pimlow and number eight Stewart Hendry, to go down by only 31 – 19.

Broadstreet had all the early play but it was the hosts who took the lead with a penalty on 17 minutes, followed by another breakout of defence for a converted try, taking the home score to 10-0 after 25 minutes. Number 8 Stewart Hendry scored an unconverted try 7 minutes later and Old Scouts slotted a second penalty to take them to 13 – 5 at the break.

‘Street pressurised again from the kick off and this time registered a seven pointer twelve minutes into the half, through scrum half Conor McFeeley’s try and a Cam Pimlow’s conversion, to trail by one point.

Winger, Ashley Lightowler picked up a yellow card in the 73rd minute and Old Scouts capitalised with a dropped goal and a penalty, before rapping the game up with two well taken tries to take the score to 31-12 well into the fourth quarter.

Down to 13 players at one stage late in the game, through the injuries to Watts, Pimlow and Hendry; which saw the introduction of replacements Andy Hirons and Dave Roff, ‘Street, nevertheless, had the last word with an injury time try by hooker Dave Irwin, converted by Dan Phillips.

Old Scouts paid due credit to the strength of ‘Street’s play, with great defence by the home side paying them dividends in an eventual comfortable home win.

Team: Lindsey Bishop, Ashley Lightowler, Dan Kane, Adam Watts, Dan Philips, Cam Pimlow, Conor McFeeley, Ian Williams, Dave Irwin, Tom Greevy, Dan Havart, Colum Berry, Dean Watts, Chris Zutic, Stewart Hendry.

Replacements: Andy Hirons, Dave Roff.

‘BROADSTREET RUGBY COLTS LAY LEAMINGTON LOW’!

Leamington U19 17 Broadstreet U19 26

Broadstreet U19’s kicked off the season with a win in a Warwickshire Merit Table match away at Leamington RFC.

‘Game of Two Halves’!

With at least 10 senior colts unavailable, a mixed age group outplayed their hosts in a proverbial game of two halves, to win 26 – 17; with first half tries from back rowers Sam Cullinane(2), and Lewis Clarke and centre Sam Vagg. Three conversions added by full back Jack Howland, gave ‘Street a 5 – 26 half time lead, however, Leamington stepped up their effort in the second period to register two late tries and a clean sheet for a final score of 17 – 26.

Five Under 17 players stepped up an age group with Ben Dalton, Gareth Price and Lewis Masterson putting in sound performances in the pack and Robbie Venson displaying power and pace at inside centre.

‘Impressive Vagg’

For the first 10 minutes ‘Street were pinned in their own half due to a torrent of penalty infringements,(penalty count for the game being an horrendous 22 against – one every three minutes? - and 5 for the’ Street) and on gaining their first penalty award 10 metres from the line, scrum half Lewis Gardner tapped and ran feeding Robbie Venson who broke clear to hand on to fellow centre Sam Vagg. Leamington’s cover swarmed, but the impressive Vagg powerfully handed off 5 would be tacklers, running 60 metres for an outstanding touch down under the posts.

Leamington replied 6 minutes later with an unconverted try when awarded a penalty close to ‘Street’s line but ‘Street’s Sam Cullinane grabbed a brace of tries during the next ten minutes, both from inside runs off fly-half Robbie Holmes, to push ‘Street up to 19 points.

‘Captain Clarke Crashes Over’

Five minutes before half time ‘high work rate’ captain Lewis Clarke chased a relieving kick from ‘Street’s half to gather and out pace the cover in a 40 metres sprint to the line.

‘Leamington Hit Back’

The second half ‘Street dropped their effort and picked up two yellow cards, the hosts raised their game scored two tries and a valuable lesson in playing for the full 70 minutes, was hopefully learned by those ‘Street players who sat back thinking that the Leamington lads would lie down for them.

Team: Ben Dalton, Tom Ainsley, Dan Falchini, Alex Clarke, Lewis Masterson, Gareth Price, Sam Cullinane, Lewis Clarke(C), Lewis Gardner, Robbie Holmes, Adam Tyrrell, Robbie Venson, Sam Vagg, Mark Brittain, Jack Howland.

Replacements: Kyle Bonsor, Dan Simmons, Liam Hill, Ryan Stewart, Bradley Elliot.

This hastily arranged pool fixture against National 2 South opposition was perfect preparation for next Saturday’s league opener against Barker’s Butts, and Broadstreet responded well to the task in hand with a pretty emphatic victory – running in a total of 10 tries.

In his first game looking after the team, Browny demonstrated extreme keenness by scheduling a meet-time 2 hours before the kick-off, however he informs me that this was merely to ensure that the multitude of pensioners in the large squad got plenty of time to stretch off and also to give Loper the chance to cram in a sneaky pre-match pint!

Broadstreet started the game impressively and held their own at set-pieces against a strong Hinckley pack. Broadstreet’s backs gave Hinckley very few chances to score with some awesome defence, particularly from Paul Lydster and ginger warrior Stu Crawford (by far the most excited about the start of the season!), and Broadstreet forwards dominated loose play, with back-rows Jerome Johnson and Quentin Doireau particularly lively throughout. As a result, Broadstreet notched up 6 tries against a shell-shocked Hinckley defence, and the first-half ended with Broadstreet 30-5 up and seemingly certain of a win.

Browny demonstrated his lack of managerial experience by making a number of changes at a key point in the 2ndhalf which allowed Hinckley to bag a couple of tries and sniff a chance of a comeback, however the boys killed the game dead with 4 great tries in quick succession. Scrum-half Paul Lydster was in great form throughout and will undoubtedly be one of our lynch-pins this season. He dominated proceedings and his excellent distribution gave Steve “Staystrong” Allen (making a welcome return to the club) the perfect platform to unleash our dynamic three-quarter line. Jamie Dodd’s pace and running lines caused havoc all day and Danny Rowstron’s silky skills (especially in the final 10 minutes) were a joy to behold. Another player making a superb comeback was loosehead prop Aidy Jones, fit again and raring to go – he had to be dragged off to give Phil Smith a run-out at the end!

After finishing last season as Warwickshire 2 champions, the forthcoming league campaign sees Broadstreet 3rdXV take the 2ndXV’s place in Warwickshire 1. Everyone got a game in an excellent performance, however there’s no doubt that we will need to consistently perform at this standard and then some if we are to repeat the success of last season. No conversions from 10 attempts might also need to sharpen up our kicking for goal! ;o)

Under Loper ’s watchful eye, Browny has promised to work on his motivational speeches......either that or leave them to someone else, however his saving grace may be the clever use of catchphrases.

MotM – Tied between Jerome Johnson....busy all game, & Paul Lydster....controlled the game brillantly

DotD – Downesy.....only 2.5 hours late!

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