Depleted Thornbees go down fighting
By Dave Fox The Thornbees suffered a heavy defeat at Newbury but came out of the game with many positives.
With a number of women unavailable the team selection included several forwards selected in the backs as the Thornbees took on tough opposition in the Newbury Ladies Development XV and delivered a gutsy performance.
Early pressure from Newbury yielded a second minute try but the Thornbees looked to run whenever they had the ball.
Bobbie Jackson made two early breaks, the second from a scrum took the girls from defence to attack on a fine run. However it was Newbury who scored again when their talented scrum half slipped through a tackle and scampered in from distance.
The Thornbees were then rocked when Bobbie Jackson suffered a worrying ankle injury and was carried off. Newbury ran in two late tries to make it 22-0 at half time.
In the second half the Thornbees were considerably more competitive and caused problems for the Newbury forwards. Emma Nicholson and Laura Panting were outstanding with several powerful drives and the defensive play of Lindsay Broughton was excellent.
But Newbury had a couple of players from the first team squad, and it showed. They ran in three further tries to run out 39-0 winners.