Twickenham dream ended

Bletchley Ladies vs Kendal. Pic: Tom Blackman
Bletchley Ladies vs Kendal. Pic: Tom Blackman

Bletchley Ladies’ missed out on the chance to play at Twickenham as they lost out in the Junior Cup semi finals to Kendal on Sunday.

Having already wrapped up the league title, Bletchley had their focus fully on cup success but in a low scoring affair, came out second best in the 15-5 encounter in Cumbria.

Sitting top of the league above Bletchley, Kendal immediately stamped their authority on the game, scoring the first try of the afternoon after just five minutes.

Bletchley fought to get back into the game, but possession switched back and forth as both sides continued to feel each other out.

But after a long kick up field handed Kendal the ball, they exploited the gaps in the Bletchley defence to double their advantage at 10-0.

Determined not to let their opportunity slip, Bletchley dug in and fought back. But their attempts were dealt another blow when Rachael Taylor kicked to touch, but Kendal stole the ball at the line out, made a break and touched down again to make it 15-0 as the sides went in at the half time break.

Bletchley weren’t ready to give up though, and fought fiercely in the second half to get back into the game.

Forcing a series of penalties, they gained territory and moved up the field, but couldn’t find the decisive break through to get on the scoreboard.

But after one penalty was kicked into touch 15 metres out, Bletchley won the line-out, sending the ball wide for Kirsty Kay to make it 15-5 with 20 minutes remaining.

However despite Bletchley’s best efforts, Kendal’s defence was in mean mood, and the visitors were unable to add any more to the score sheet, giving Kendal the match and their place in the final at Twickenham.