Derby defeat for Bletchley

Pic: Steve Draper
Pic: Steve Draper

Bletchley were thoroughly dismantled at the hands of neighbours Leighton Buzzard as their South West 1 East struggles continued on Saturday.

The 85-20 defeat to Leighton, who were also promoted last season, leaves Bletchley bottom of the table with just three points to their name.

There was an expectant crowd at Wrights Meadow to cheer on both sides, but it was the home supporters who had the first cheers as Bletchley were reduced to 14 men within the opening five minutes.

It took Buzzards only two minutes to exploit their numerical advantage in personnel, captain Nick Turney driving over from short range to give his side the lead.

From there, it was an uphill struggle for the visitors.

Leighton took a 33-3 lead in at the half time interval, and would eventually run in 13 tries as Bletchley struggled through injuries and sin-bins.

Bletchley did cross the line themselves though, capitalising on a 10-minute bin for Leighton, but at 38-10, the game was already out of their reach.

Former Leighton player Dan Keating got on the score sheet against his old club as Bletchley continued to show signs of life, scoring a third try of the afternoon inside the final 10 minutes.

But in the latter stages, there was no stopping the home side, hardly helped by a red card for Bletchley as Leighton ran out 85-20 winners.

Bletchley play host to Maidenhead at Manor Fields on Saturday.