Milton Keynes proved they didn’t need much of the ball to beat Stow-on-the-Wold 26-3 on Saturday.
A sensational defensive performance, in particular from Dave Brown and Matt Styles, allowed City to absorb attack after attack, while doing enough at the other end to ensure what on paper looks like a comfortable win, despite having only 40 per cent possession.
It was 15 minutes into the game when Phil Powell gathered an interception and made good ground before the final pass going to Dan Pearson who made it over the try line to open the score.
Stow responded with a penalty within five minutes making the score 5-3.
There were no further scores in the first half with both sides working hard to gain control with cold hands and a wet ball.
There was a familiar episode of rain and hail to start the second half, making handling conditions even more difficult.
Stow managed to dominate parts of the game but weren’t able to take advantage of some good scrummaging and forward work.
Ten minutes into the second half Dan Pearson was on the score sheet again.
Due to some mishandling by the visitors Pearson he kicked through on the Stow 22 metre line and with a further kick was able to beat the fullback to dive over the try line and with the conversion the score was now 12-3.
City managed a further breakaway try 20 minutes into the half with a number of errors by the Stow defence giving City the advantage.
The final score was achieved by Scott Aspinall on the wing. This followed a good period of possession and handling by both the forwards and backs. The final score of 26-3 was somewhat flattering to City.
Stow will have left the Valley feeling aggrieved that the gap between the scores was so wide. Had they taken advantage of their possession they could have been pushing for a victory themselves.
City remain in fourth position and will be visiting Royal Wooton Bassett on Saturday if the weather allows.
Elsewhere, the match between leaders Bletchley and High Wycombe was postponed, as was Olney’s Midlands 2 East South encounter with Oadby Wyggestonians.