Bucks 0 Middlesbrough Wasps 10

By Chris Harrison - October 20 2008
Bucks 0 Middlesbrough Wasps 10 West Bucks entertained Middlesbrough Wasps in potentially their toughest test of the season so far. The Bucks were able to field a very strong team with club stalwart prop John Painter one of the several players to make their Bucks seasonal debuts.
The Wasps meanwhile called upon several of their previous weeks first team squad to make the task even harder.
The Wasps were quickest out of the blocks and were able to dominate the early exchanges and took the lead on 7 minutes when former West colt Tom Dougherty took a quick tap close to the posts and charged over as West were slow to react (0 – 7).
West were able to come much more into the game and defended well although only threatening the visitors line sporadically.
On 30 minutes there was a severe injury to West scrum half Mike Siddle who dislocated his knee. The game was held up for a few minutes before play was transferred to an adjacent pitch. Siddle was attended by an ambulance crew before the air ambulance also attended and subsequently transferred him to North tees.
Whilst this was taking place the game continued and Boro were able to increase their lead with a penalty on half time just after West had squandered an opportunity to get themselves on the score sheet (0 – 10).
The second half was scoreless as West tried valiantly to get themselves a score on the board whilst performing heroics in defence to keep the Wasps from adding to theirs.
The closest they came was when Tom Armstrong looped winger Adam Larkin who offloaded to the centre. Armstrong cut inside and only a tap tackle prevented him from reaching the line and the chance was lost.
So the final score was 10 – 0 to the visitors.
Mike Siddle was able to leave the hospital that night and had the unenviable task of explaining himself on Sunday to his wife who returned from a weekend away.
Perhaps leaving his ‘last’ game with a helicopter ride was a fitting finale to a long and maybe even distinguished career.
So to the Bucks.
Mention to Joe Rafferty at blindside who played his first ever senior game having just turned 17 and looking like he had played many before.
9 of the starters were under 20 and greater experience will enable them to win games like these. The pressure that Boro were able to exert led to mistakes being made as West found themselves unable to win the sort of clean ball their backs required. Also at this level your chances are fewer and farther apart and they have to be taken when they present themselves.
But this was still a very good effort with the decision to find harder fixtures for the West 3rd string being vindicated by results like these. Not long ago a 10 point loss to Boro 2nd string would have been almost inconceivable

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