‘Love thy neighbour’ certainly wasn’t a phrase that crossed Bletchley Ladies’ minds on Sunday as they crushed Leighton Buzzard 81-5.
The dominant win means Bletchley’s undefeated record remains in tact for another week, and they remain top of the league.
Bletchley opted to play with the wind, up the considerable slope. Within minutes, Rachael Taylor used the conditions to kick the ball; a foot chase led by Jennie Davies allowed her to gather the ball and cross the line for the first score of the game.
The second followed shortly afterwards, when Claire Sutton, playing at full back, gathered the ball and outstripped the defence around the flank, again crossing the white wash.
Bletchley became embroiled in an arm wrestle which played to the strengths of the Leighton.
Frustration, both on and off the pitch, led to several penalties being awarded for minor infringements around the breakdown.
But as Bletchley settled down again, Beth Metcalf made the most of an opening to score her first try.
Two further tries, from Emma Taylor and a second from Jennie Davies, made it 29-0 at the half.
Within a minute of coming on at the interval, Lauren Delaney caught the ball in the Bletchley half, blasted down the pitch and took her first try between the posts.
She repeated this feat three more times, running through the opposition to score four tries in total.
She also laid the ball off for further tries from Rachael Appleby, Becky Woodgates, Charlotte Gallop and a second to Emma Taylor.
In all, Bletchley scored thirteen tries, with Rachael Taylor finding her boot to convert eight of them as they ran out comfortable 81-5 winners.
Next Sunday, the Ladies return to Manor Fields, for a friendly match with Hitchin/Tabard combined Ladies’ team, in preparation for their opening match in the Women’s Junior cup the following weekend.
If you’re interested in playing, Bletchley Ladies train on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-8.30pm. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.