With another make shift team Milton Keynes travelled down to Thatcham knowing a win was unlikely, and it proved to be the case as they were thumped 61-0.
With veterans Russell Witton at 49 and Barney Stables at 48 years of age starting in the pack it was asking a lot against a much younger side.
With good conditions for playing both sides were eager to play open rugby but a number of errors did occur throughout the game, some resulting in Thatcham adding to their score with breakaway tries.
For the first half an hour it was a close fought contest with Thatcham only managing a single try and conversion. With fifteen minutes of the first half remaining Thatcham were able to considerably improve their position with three further tries. Their kicker was extremely accurate throughout the afternoon and only missed one conversion during the whole game.
Again in the second half City manage to compete well and for the first 20 minutes of the half there was no further score. The visitors weren’t able to hold back the tide of persistent attacks and eventually the hosts were able to convert their possession into points. City did have the occasional skirmish into the Thatcham half but vital passes went astray or the ball was knocked on at the crucial time.
Although the score suggested a one sided competition this wasn’t reflected in the match and there were some good points that Milton Keynes could dwell on.
Milton Keynes remain second from bottom of the league but can feel confident that there are still a few winnable games ahead.