Bletchley closer to Twickenham

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Bletchley are a step closer to playing at Twickenham after beating Reading Abbey 29-5 in the Intermediate Cup.

After seeing off Milton Keynes to lift the Bucks Shield, Bletchley took on the Berkshire side Reading in the Southern Counties competition, with a place at the home of English rugby at stake in the final.

It took 20 minutes for Bletchley to get the scoring started, with Paul Mellon crossing the line for the home side, giving them a 5-0 lead.

Five minutes later, they were over again, with Phil Harman intercepting a loose pass to score, and converting his own effort to put them 12-0 ahead.

Bletchley scored their third try of the afternoon seven minutes before half time as Adam Fox breached the Reading defence on the back of a rolling maul. The conversion went wide but Bletchley led 17-0 at the break.

George Harman put the result beyond doubt 16 minutes after the restart, scoring under the posts and kicking his own conversion as Bletchley opened up a 24 point advantage.

The scoring wasn’t done there though, when Mellon and Grant linked well to take the ball into Abbey’s 22.

The ball was popped inside and the forwards took it on to rumble closer to the try line before Dan Read passed out wide to Kyle Gibbings to score Bletchley’s fifth try of the game.

Into stoppage time, Reading finally got themselves on the score sheet with what turned out to be the final play of the game, but the result was out of reach at 29-5.

Bletchley now travel to Trowbridge for the final of the Cup.