Milton Keynes’ torrid season continued on Saturday, but the 29-7 defeat to league leaders High Wycombe didn’t reflect fairly on the city side.
The home side started well with Andy Poole taking the ball on from the start and broke a number of tackles.
City were poised to put the first score on the board when, through mishandling, the ball spilled to the Wycombe winger who was able to sprint most of the pitch to put the ball under City’s post.
With the easy conversion Wycombe managed the first score against the run of play.
The game continued to be well balanced and yet High Wycombe managed a further score with some good handling from their players and some slack tackling by the City side. This was to be a recurring theme for the afternoon.
The City score came near to the end of the first half. Dan Rolfe burst through the centre of the Wycombe team and with them missing the tackles he was able to score under the posts.
The second half was again closely fought with no additional scores for the first 30 minutes of the half.
Only at the end of the match did Wycombe score a couple of soft tries allowing the score to flatter them
Some old faces returned to the City side and helped bolster the team. Mark Robinson and Henry Holman both contributed to the pack. Even Barney Stables, a stalwart of the club, came on for the last 10 minutes.
Tim Parkinson wasn’t afraid to take the ball on, and again was able to make some good ground.
City remain second from bottom of the league, but their performance leaves them hopeful for better in 2015.