Kempston Rugby Club

Kempston RFC vs Old Northamptonians RFC

2023-2024 - Merit League

Kempston RFC
64 - 14
Old Northamptonians RFC
Full Time


Saturday 23rd saw Kempston prepare for their first Merit League fixture of the season. And what a preparation they’d had = touch rugby over the summer, Tuesday Fitness as well as the regular Thursday training, and finally a friendly warm-up against neighbours Bedford Athletic, who sent their 3s down to give K’s the opportunity to test their moves and stretch their legs, with a convincing win.

So, well prepared, K’s assembled at Cutler Hammer, their home ground deep in the heart of Kempston, ready to face Old Northamptonians 4th. Boots were checked, a coin tossed, and they were ready to go. ON’s kicked to K’s, who met the challenge well. It wasn’t long before K’s David Cowl went over for the first try, ably converted by Ewan Casey.

Both sides regrouped and restarted, with ON’s taking the game to Ks, who again responded with a barnstorming breakaway try from Ewan Casey, who unfortunately failed to convert.

Some excellent defensive work from K’s kept ON’s from scoring, and some solid midfield work resulted in our joint Player of the Match, Chris Mayhew, going over for K’s 3rd try of the day, again converted by Ewan.

K’s discipline almost cost them dearly when they gave away penalties which resulted in ON’s lineouts in the K’s 22, but K’s defence stood firm and again Ewan broke out and scored, twice, both times converting his own try.

K’s weren’t going to get all the spoils, and sure enough, a little defensive napping resulted in an ON’s try, which they converted. Seven minutes later the referee blew his whistle for half time, and the two sides retreated to their own huddles for the all-important team talk. Half-time score 33-7 to K’s.

The second half started brightly for K’s, with an early try from Luke Barry, converted this time by the K’s captain, John Higginson.
Not long after, Alistair MacMullen went over for K’s, but this time the angle for the conversion proved too tricky for K’s captain.

There then followed long periods of scrums, resets, and again strong defence from both sides, before Joel Cain playing fullback broke through and found the tryline, scoring near enough to the posts to make the conversion a formality.

ON’s found some respite with a try of their own after this, but by this time it was looking like a real uphill struggle for them to get back into the game, but, they fought bravely.

Two more tries from K’s fully put the seal on the game, the first from Joel Cain again, this time Ewan failing to convert, and the final from Josh Thomas for which Ewan did find the sticks for.

Final score – 64-14 to K’s. What a start to the season! The boys get a week off now but go again on the 7th October away to Northampton Outlaws.

POTM (joint) – Chris Mayhew – for his outstanding work rate and stupendous try, and Alex Redford, our club chairman (on his birthday) for some storming carries and how much he got stuck in and took the game to the opposition.

Wally of the week – Joel Cain – for celebrating one of his tries before he grounded it, a risky strategy at any level!