Bletchley reduce the deficit

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Bletchley are still in negative points despite winning their opening league game against Stow on the Wold on Saturday.

Carrying penalties from last season, the 22-6 win leaves them on -1 point and bottom of the Southern Counties North pile.

The visitors started well, and kicked themselves into a 6-0 lead as half time approached.

Bletchley were almost back in the game when they crossed the whitewash, only to be held up at the vital moment.

But it didn’t seem to matter as they scored almost immediately afterwards.

Earning themselves a scrum five metres out, Brett Staniford got his hands on the ball to dive over and score.

Phil Harman’s conversion gave Bletchley a narrow 7-6 lead on the stroke of half time.

This gave Bletchley the encouragement they needed, and the second half was one-way traffic.

Early in the second half, Harman’s kick into touch allowed Adam Fox to cross over from the line out to give the home side a 14-6 lead with the conversion.

Harman kicked a further three points from a penalty before Tom Hannell took the ball over and with 65 minutes on the clock to put Bletchley 22-6 up.

The visitors played some good rugby as the game closed out, but could not reduce the deficit.

Likewise, Bletchley could not score a fourth try to earn them a bonus point despite giving it their all.

Bletchley travel to Thatcham next weekend and they will hope to repeat the success of their first league game of the season and get into positive points.