Bletchley overturn deficit

Bletchley Ladies vs Newbury
Bletchley Ladies vs Newbury

Bletchley Ladies brushed off the Christmas cobwebs with a friendly victory over New bury on Sunday.

With the third round of the Women’s Junior Cup next week, the 15-12 win was the perfect preparation.

However, Bletchley didn’t get off to an ideal start. In fact, it couldn’t have gone much worse for the side from Manor Fields.

After just five minutes, Newbury had crossed over for their first try of the afternoon to take a 5-0 lead.

And it was made even worse 10 minutes later when Newbury scored their second, and with the conversion kicked too, the visitors led 12-0.

This seemed to kick Bletchley into gear though, and from there, it was one way traffic as the home side battled to get on the score board.

Finally Bletchley got a clear run, passing the ball along the line, out to Charlotte Gallop, who popped on to Rachael Taylor who put it down over the line in the corner.

But while the kick was missed, Bletchley were on the board as it read 12-5 at the break.

Early in the second half, Bletchley were right back in it. Newbury briefly took the ball, but Bletchley took it back and pushed again. They formed a maul, and Rachael Appleby touched the ball down as they drove over the line, leaving Bletchley just two points 12-10.

Possession moved back and forth between the teams, each fighting hard for the next points.

Finally Bletchley put in a big push, took a lineout just 20m from Newbury’s line, drove to within 5m, formed a maul, driving over the line, but gave Newbury the advantage in the 5m scrum.

Newbury took the ball, kicked to touch, but lost the resulting lineout. Bletchley passed the ball to Rachael Taylor, who took it over the line for her second try of the match, putting the home side into a decisive 15-12 lead.