Kempston Rugby Club

Kempston RFC vs Kettering RFC

2023-2024 - Friendly

Kempston RFC
41 - 22
Kettering RFC
Full Time



Match report 9/9/23

Opposition: Bedford Ath3s

Fixture status: pre-season friendly

It was an unfeasibly and unseasonably hot day in September that saw K’s take to the field for their opening game of the 23/24 season in a friendly warm-up . Kettering 3s. were pencilled in, but their numbers were low, and so Bedford Athletic 3s who were looking for a game travelled to K’s as alternative opposition. A big shout to the Kettering players who still travelled and spread themselves across both sides fairly and squarely.

After some light warm-ups and kicking practice, 30 rugby-hungry players assembled on the pitch waiting for the all-important whistle. What a game it turned out to be. Barely minutes after that whistle, the Ath scored the opening try from an unfortunate K’s knock-on. Our indomitable captain, John Higginson, rallied his troops and encouraged them to put the initial setback behind them. K’s scored soon after from a driving maul, putting John Higginson through for a proper captain’s try. Motivated by this, K’s put in some great displays of attacking rugby, every player standing up to be counted, which culminated in an Andrew Meeks breakaway try, converted by the trusty boot of our very own Ewan “Ford” Casey.

A couple of injuries later, K’s showed they could go through the phases, putting into action the moves and work they’d practised on the training pitch the previous Thursdays, allowing Ewan through for yet another try.

Half-time saw both teams regroup and prepare for the second half (although the blistering heat saw the referee thankfully allow regular water breaks).

The second half saw K’s increase their lead, with fabulous tries from Joel Cain, and Ali McMullan. A little late indiscretion in the second half led to a consolation try for the Ath, but, try as they might, their kicking boots weren’t as accurate as they could be. The referee called time and the score stood at 41-22 to K’s.

All in all a great morale-booster to prepare for the first league game of the season, especially in the heat, and everyone was more than happy to get a game on, no matter who the opponents were. Many positives to take with pod work on display throughout, and K’s scrum looking solid.

MOTM – Ewan Casey – for his all-round game, finishing and kicking.

DOTD – Joel Cain – for believing the game was about to finish and shouting for Ewan (heading for the try-line) to “slow down” – play to the whistle, Joel! Also for one of his favourite beverages being cheese and onion crisps as told to our chairman in the player interviews…

Onwards and upwards to the first league fixture of the season on the 23rd September at home against ON’s 4ths.

#Saturdays for hot sweaty fun!