Bletchley’s great start to the season continues after they beat Thatcham 32-26 on Saturday.
Thatcham’s confidence was up and their performance did not disappoint as they fought to protect their unbeaten start to the campaign.
Bletchley meanwhile wanted to improve on the fine victory over MK from the week before but their performance was not as strong as it should be.
Thatcham started like a house on fire and had an early kick at Goal which luckily went wide, Bletchley still seemed a bit hesitant.
They tried to string a few phases together just outside the 22 but unfortunately the ball was intercepted by Thatcham’s backs to score a converted try).
Thatcham’s confidence really began to show and they were awarded another penalty that went over again to make it 10-0.
Bletchley were still cold and nothing was working although Harman was able to get his backs away and there were some great breaks by the backs of Turnbull, Robinson, Garrett and Read, however no one could cross the tryline. Thatcham moved up field and were awarded another penalty which was slotted, 13-0 one more score and game over.
Bletchley’s lineout was functioning well but Thatcham had the upper hand in the early scrums. Garret, unhappy with the continuity with the forwards made a couple of changes, Benjamin Button coming on at the 25 minute mark. Bletchley’s forwards started receiving a bit more ball and a penalty was awarded, penalty missed.
Another infringement in the 22 and Bletchley went for the corner. A well thrown lineout, catch and Drive resulted in Button selfishly taking the five pointer to make it 13-5.
Bletchley confidence started to grow and regular line breaks were happening in the backs and the forwards also started to get some front foot ball. A line break from inside the Bletchley half was passed down the backs to Button who offloaded unselfishly to Adam Griffiths running half the length of the pitch to be brought down two metres from the line. Another penalty awarded and some quick hands to the backs resulted in Robinson going over, conversion converted as Bletchley pulled it back to 13-12 at half time.
Bletchley started the ascendancy in the second half and most of the game was played in the Thatcham half. Garrett again revamped the forward pack and couple of power runs by the revamped front row resulted in Coleman receiving the ball five metres to drive over and score, conversion over to put the visitors 13-19 ahead.
Bletchley did start to dominate position and territory but Thatcham were not letting go and were adamant on turning Bletchley over. Harman received the ball and threw a couple of great dummies to sell the defence and score in the corner, Harman again with a great conversion and confidence was clearly growing as Bletchley lead extended to 13-26.
But with nine minutes to go Thatcham came back with a great try from their backs to split the Bletchley defence and score under the posts to make it 20-26.
Although the majority of the game was played in the Thatcham half, their defence was dogged. Bletchley received a penalty which Harman cleanly slotted to make the lead a comfortable nine points.
But Thatcham again slotted a penalty which brought them back in the game at 23-29. With two minutes on the clock though, Harman put the game beyond doubt with a drop kick to take the score to 23-32. From the kick-off Thatcham received another silly penalty which they slotted to make the score 32-26 to Bletchley.
Bletchley head coach Stuart Van Rooyen said: “This was a great come back and win for the boys, lead by the ever present Nobes.
“Credit to Thatcham as they were very well organised, strong on the defence and at the breakdown. We look forward to the return fixture.
“Bletchley are still undefeated but we are well aware they need to improve performances.”