Milton Keynes celebrated their much-needed second win of the season on Saturday as they crept past fellow strugglers Alchester 21-16.
With both teams propping up the bottom of the Southern Counties North league this was a crucial game for both sides to win. Although City continue to struggle with injuries there has been a gradual return of players.
Talismanic Club Captain David Brown made his first appearance since early in the season. The two sides were weighing each other up for first 10 minutes of the match before the home side was able to claim the first score.
City drew first blood when Adam Usher scored under the posts. With the conversion City were 7-0 up.
The visitors worked their way back into the game with two nicely taken penalties and by half time were behind by just one point.
Milton Keynes improved their performance in the second half, but still allowed Alchester opportunities to score and even potentially win the game by not finishing off some good moves.
On one of the rare excursions into the City half Alchester put pressure on the home side’s scrum and after three penalties from elected scrums the referee awarded a penalty try under the posts. With an easy conversion Alchester were now 13-7 up.
But City weren’t done, and Andy Powell scored under the posts, leaving Powell with a simple conversion to lead.
Alchester kicked level at 16-16, but City were determined to win it late on, and ball went down the line to Andy Poole who made good ground before the ball went to Dan Pearson on the wing to score dive over the try line to secure victory.