Injury time draw a bonus for Bletchley

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Only the top couple of teams in the South West 1 East league have picked up more bonus points than Bletchley this campaign, but the men from Manor Fields had to make do with a hard fought draw away to Marlow on Saturday.

Just their second draw of the season, Bletchley now have enough daylight between themselves and the bottom three teams to relax a bit going into the last handful of games. But following their strong home win against Swanage last time out, Bletchley aren’t in holiday mode just yet, and had to dig deep to share the spoils with Marlow.

Phil Harman kicked the visitors in front from a penalty after five minutes and it took the hosts another 12 minutes to reply in kind.

The first try of the game came midway through the first half when Adam Dempsey went over for Bletchley and Harman added the extras to make the score 10-3 to the visitors.

Things got even better for Bletchley moments later when Harman broke free to score himself, and although he missed the conversion attempt, the lead was now 12 points.

That advantage didn’t last long though as Marlow hit back with a converted try on the half hour and just before the break a penalty kick cut the deficit to just two points.

There was little between the sides at the start of the season half, and it took the home side almost 20 minutes to break through again with another converted try to move 20-15 ahead.

Marlow’s lead was then extended to 12 points courtesy of another converted try with half an hour of the second half played. But the visitors weren’t about to give up and replied with a try from Dempsey to cut the gap to seven.

Despite their efforts to push forward late on, it looked like Bletchley were set for another away defeat. That was until deep into added time when George Harman broke through and went close to scoring, but the ball was recycled to Kev Turnbull who ran in from the right wing to score behind the posts and make the conversion kick easier for Phil Harman.

Still the game wasn’t over and an additional three minutes were played after that. But finally with 50 played in the second half the referee brought an exciting contest to an end, with Bletchley clearly the happier of the two teams to take a draw, and with it another bonus point for scoring four tries.

Bletchley return to Manor fields this Saturday as they entertain Windsor.