Rugby round-up: Bletchley run away with derby win

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LOCAL bragging rights belong to Bletchley this week after a 28-12 beating of rivals Olney at Manor Fields on Saturday.

For Bletchley the victory was a second of the season which lifts them up to mid-table in the South West 1 East League, while for Olney it was a third defeat of the campaign, keeping them one off the bottom of the pile.

Tim Stobbs and Simon Pitfield set the tone for the afternoon with some good runs into Olney territory as Bletchley looked to hit back from a defeat to Witney last time out, while Olney were looking to build on their first win against Buckingham.

It took 13 minutes for the first points to arrive as Phil Harman kicked the hosts 3-0 ahead with a penalty. And Bletchley ran in the first try five minutes later as Dave Coleman went over before Harman successfully added the conversion for 10-0.

And things got even worse for Olney on the half hour mark as Dagan Probert touched down to extent Bletchley’s lead. Harman missed the conversion attempt this time and that was the end of the first half scoring, leaving Olney with a mountain to climb after the break.

The visitors got off the mark six minutes into the second half with a converted try to trim the deficit, and as the game became more frantic, Olney took control.

After a Bletchley attempt at a drop goal went wide, the visitors got themselves right back in the game in sensational fashion with Ritchie Cowan collecting the ball and sprinting 80 yards down the right wing to score. The attempt to add the two extra points was missed, but Olney were now well in contention at 15-12 down.

However, that was as close as the men from up the A509 would get. A superb tackle from Josh Peters led to a Bletchley penalty for holding on and Harman was on target to convert. The same man then kicked another penalty just a couple of minutes later to take the score to 21-12 and away from Olney as the game entered the final 10 minutes.

The visitors’ heads were down and Bletchley managed to close the game out, with Tim Stobbs running home Bletchley’s third try of the afternoon – converted again by Harman – to put the icing on the cake for the hosts.

>> Milton Keynes failed in their first big test of the season when they lost 37-14 to Southern Counties North promotion rivals Beaconsfield.

After winning their first two games, City started terribly and found themselves 19-0 down in the first half before a try from Dan Rolfe helped keep them in the running, converted by Phil Powell.

Rob Lasbrey scored a second City try in the second half, again converted by Powell, but from then on it was all Beaconsfield.