League leaders Bletchley avenged their only defeat of the season so far as they beat Aylesbury 26-22 at Manor Fields on Saturday.
The visitors missed an early penalty, which came as a wake up call to Bletchley, who kicked themselves ahead through Phil Harman after 14 minutes.
Harman’s boot doubled the lead to 6-0 10 minutes later, before eventually making a break through leading up to half time. Following good work at the breakdown by the forwards, Fox showed good strength to break through a ruck. Gibbings was the recipient of the good handling to score in the right hand corner of the pitch for 11-0.
Aylesbury pulled one back at the end of the half though, after a misfield from Bletchley allowed them an easy score and conversion, leaving the score 11-7 at the break.
The second half saw a bit more expansive rugby being played and with only three minutes on the clock, Bletchley doubled their try tally through Simon Pitfield. The score followed an excellent drive by the forwards, forcing Aylesbury back over their own try line, building the 16-7 lead.
Ten minutes later and a bonus point for tries scored looked a possibility when Harman intercepted a pass from Aylesbury to run in 50m to score. He was unable to convert, but Bletchley had extended their lead to 21–7.
Aylesbury kicked another penalty before Mellon crossed the line again for Bletchley, and it looked comfortable at 26-10.
But back came Aylesbury, scoring two unanswered tries late in the day to make for a nail-biting finale, which Bletchley held on to win 26-22 to remain top of the league.