Milton Keynes Rugby Club go into the new season full of confidence despite defeat in their final pre-season friendly against Northampton Old Scouts.
And their season couldn’t get off to a bigger start as they take on rivals Bletchley at Manor Fields on Saturday.
It was a physical battle between the two sides, but MK took the lead after 10 minutes with some slick handling from the backs, allowing summer signing Ollie Fountain, an MK Wolves rugby league convert, to run the ball in from half way to score under the posts, converted by captain Phil Powell.
Old Scouts came back strong and after some dogged defending from MK in their own 22 the line was finally broken and converted to put the scores level at 7-7.
That seem to put Old Scouts on the front foot and they would score another try before half time to put the score at 14-7 going into the break.
The next score would come from Old Scouts, again converted.
After 58 minutes a great counter attack from Fountain again created space for Rob Mathews to score City’s second try of the game converted by Powell.
Old scouts replied quickly with an unconverted try of their own.
The last 10 minutes of the game was all City with some good attacking rugby but the score finished 26-14 to Old Scouts.
Powell said: “We have had a very successful preseason with some of the young players stepping up and competing for positions.
“Every player in the senior squads is looking to push each other for places. It’s a good atmosphere to be in.”