Rugby: Impressive win has Bletchley in seven heaven

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BLETCHLEY had been threatening a good win, and on Saturday they delivered it in style with a 50-12 thrashing of rivals High Wycombe.

After falling narrowly short of picking up impressive victories over Swanage & Wareham and Coney Hill in their previous two outings, Bletchley did everything right as they ran home seven tries to record their second win of the season and climb one place to ninth in the South West 1 East table.

Having scored four tries in both those recent defeats, Bletchley knew a good win was on the cards at Manor Fields if they could start positively against a Wycombe side sat surprisingly at the bottom of the table.

Phil Harman got the ball rolling with a penalty, but it took the hosts 20 minutes to cross the whitewash for their opening try – Kev Turnbull selling an outrageous dummy to open a gap for Matt Dawson to score under the posts. Harman then converted the easy extras to make it 10-0.

Wycombe missed a penalty attempt moments later, and Bletchley made them pay as good work from Harman saw him offload to Steve Allen, who in turn fed the ball to Ben Robinson to run through and score try number two. Harman was on target again, and after half an hour the home side were on course for the win, and bonus point.

In fact Bletchley nearly extended their lead straight from the restart, but a wide pass from Turnbull to Simon Pitfield was judged forward, much to the dismay of the home supporters.

The visitors gave themselves half a chance of fighting their way back into the game with a converted try while Bletchley found themselves with a man in the sin bin.

But the hosts responded well to go straight back down the other end and cross the line for a third time – Nick Allen scoring on his debut before Harman converted to make the half time score 24-7.

The first 15 minutes of the second half were a lesson in ball handling and team work from Bletchley as they stretched their advantage further with some outstanding play.

Tom Hannell scored Bletchley’s fourth try of the afternoon to secure their third try bonus point in as many weeks when he went over from an excellent rolling maul set up after a lineout.

Two minutes later and Robinson went over for his second score of the game – Matt Nobes breaking and turning provider before Harman converted to make it 36-7.

Another four minutes gone and Bletchley added their sixth try through some fine free-flowing rugby. Will Garrett was the scorer this time as he caught a high ball from a Wycombe kick in his own half before going on a jinking run through the visitors’ defence to score. Once again Harman was on target to make it 43-7.

A second try for the visitors made the score look a bit more respectable from their respective, but Bletchley were determined to have the final say, and did so with Adam Dempsey scoring and Harman slotting home a tricky conversion from out wide.

Finally Bletchley were able to take five league points from a game, having played some superb fast-paced rugby. With 15 tries scored in their last three games, they will travel to Swindon this Saturday full of confidence.