Another home defeat for inconsistent Bletchley

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Bletchley’s erratic form continued on Saturday when they went down 28-13 at home to Windsor.

The Manor Fields men have a habit of picking up points in matches they aren’t normally expected to, but are also capable of losing games that they would expect to take something from.

Their latest good mini run – one win and a draw from their last two – was brought to an end by a Windsor side who were gifted three first half tries to take control of the game before finishing the job after the break.

Although relegation has never really been a concern this season, Bletchley will want to pick up at least one more win from their remaining four South West 1 East games to be absolutely sure of survival. They travel to Newbury Blues on Saturday, but have a difficult run of fixtures after that.

Bletchley were left regretting not winning their earlier meeting with Windsor back in November when the hosts overcame the loss of a player to a red card to win 37-30. And the Berkshire outfit picked up where they left off four months ago when they ran in the first try after five minutes.

Phil Harman soon converted a penalty to get the home side back to within two points, but with 20 minutes on the clock Windsor scored again, and this time the try was converted to make it 12-3.

And things went from bad to worse for Bletchley on the half hour when the visitors raced in a third try, and although the conversion was missed this time, they had extended their lead to 15 points.

A penalty kick saw Windsor extend their lead to 20-3, before Bletchley finally worked their way into the game and gave themselves some hope with a try from Ben Robinson after the visitors were reduced to 14 men briefly. The conversion attempt was off target, but finally the hosts had something to get them going.

Bletchley started the second half brightly, with some good interlinking play appreciated by the large Manor Fields crowd. However, the home side were guilty of wasting a number of decent attacking chances as moves involving Robinson, Will Garrett and George Harman promised much but came to nothing.

And they were ultimately made to pay as Windsor scored a fourth bonus point try in the 14th minute of the second half to make it 25-8 to the visitors.

Bletchley lost Simon Pitfield and Brett Staniford to injury, but their second half efforts were soon rewarded when Adam Dempsey made the most of a gap to cross the line and give them a chance of earning a losing bonus point.

However, the conversion was missed and instead Windsor made sure of their victory with a penalty kick deep in stoppage time, consigning Bletchley to a seventh home defeat of the season.