Bletchley lose out at home

Pic: Tom Blackman
Pic: Tom Blackman

Miserable conditions reflected a bad result for Bletchley on Saturday as they went down 12-8 to Wallingford at Manor Fields.

As torrential rain poured down, Bletchley started brightly and were soon in front.

A rolling maul from a 5m line-out saw Bletchley power over, but with the wind playing havoc, the kick was missed.

Wallingford then fell victim to the conditions as they won a penalty within kickable distance, but the wind took it off course and Bletchley remained 5-0 up.

But with 10 minutes of the half remaining, Wallingford got on the board with a try under the posts, and with a simple kick, they took a 7-5 lead into half time.

It was Wallingford who capitalised on a Bletchley error as a poor kick out of Bletchley’s 22 was picked up and run back at the home side. A defensive muddle allowed the visitors to score an unconverted try and extend their lead to 12-5 in the 58th minute.

Bletchley narrowed the gap to 12-8 three minutes later with a successful penalty kick by Dean Williams.

Shortly after the restart, Wallingford received a yellow card, but despite the one man advantage, Bletchley could not break down a stubborn defence to score.

The returning Wallingford man was shown a second yellow on his return and once again, the visitor’s defence was insurmountable as they held on to take victory.