BLETCHLEY gave a good account of themselves at home to Salisbury on Saturday, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a fourth straight South West 1 East league defeat.
After another typically stubborn display, Bletchley went down 27-36 at Manor Fields, keeping them 10th in the table, but still with a healthy gap to the four sides below them.
A trip to face an out of sorts Coney Hill side represents a decent chance for Bletchley to pick up their first away win of the season this Saturday, and having now gone five games without tasting victory, they need to start picking up some points again soon to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle.
A chilly afternoon saw a good crowd line the pitch for a match which yielded eight tries – the visitors scoring the first of them to take an 8-0 lead following an early penalty.
Bletchley responded with a penalty from Phil Harman, and soon took the lead when brother George finished off a good break from Tom Hannell with the home side’s first try. Phil converted to give Bletchley a 10-8 advantage with 18 minutes on the clock.
However, Salisbury’s second try and successful conversion put them ahead again, before a further seven points put them 22-10 to the good at the interval.
A third converted try put the visitors 19 points clear early in the second half, but Phil Harman led Bletchley’s revival with a converted try of his own after an inventive run a number of dummies.
At 17-29 down the home side began to work their way back into the game with some strong play from both the forwards and backs. Another penalty from Phil Harman put Bletchley within touching distance and gave the home supporters something to cheer about.
Salisbury had different ideas though, retaining possession from the restart to take the edge out of the game. And they eventually added another converted try to make the game safe.
After one near miss Bletchley were able to end the game on a high as Ben Robinson found a way through to score in added time. Phil Harman kicked the extras, but it wasn’t enough to earn a losing bonus point.