Under-strength City thumped

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A depleted Milton Keynes side were resoundingly beaten 54-8 by Thatcham on Saturday.

Thatcham didn’t take long to put a score on the board. With just 10 minutes gone they showed their greater strength. Close to the City try line the ball was shipped out and with good hands the backs comfortably scored and converted making it 7-0.

Thatcham added another unconverted try soon after.

There was hope yet for the visitors with Phil Powell kicking a penalty and Ollie Fountain scoring a try following a good period of possession by Milton Keynes. It would be City’s final score the day.

Despite the score line there were periods of good play by City. A number of times in the second half the Thatcham defence was nearly breached.

On one occasion it was just the final pass that went astray with the Thatcham centre intercepting and running the full length of the pitch to score under the posts.

The visitors arrived at the game with few replacements and these were used up midway through the second half. With further injuries the last 20 minutes had to be played with just 14 men.

City battled on valiantly but the loss was unavoidable, but Milton Keynes remain in fourth place despite the heavy defeat.

MK have a week off next week.