Bletchley lose to leaders as ladies claim first win

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Bletchley may have slipped to the bottom of the league table on Saturday, but they took great heart from their performance against leaders Chippenham.

The 18-0 defeat though showed plenty of positive signs for the side from Manor Fields, while it proved to be a frustrating afternoon for Chippenham.

Bletchley twice missed kicks to take the lead in the first half, but couldn’t capitalise, even when the visitors were reduced to 14 men as the referee flashed a yellow card 19 minutes in.

But even light on numbers, Chippenham eventually made it through Bletchley’s strong defence, as outside winger Bradley Doggett crossed the line, though there was some confusion over the conversion, which both touch judges felt had missed before getting over-ruled by the referee.

Two second half penalties extended Chippenham’s lead, before Lewis Surrey went over to make it 18-0 as the visitors converted the lion-share of possession.

Bletchley continued to play well showing intelligence with their kicking and passing game and excellent rucking skills at the breakdown.

But neither side could break down the stern defences of the other, preventing Chippenham from adding a bonus point, while showing positive signs for Bletchley as they head into Saturday’s game with Devizes.

Meanwhile, Bletchley Ladies got their season off to a flying start with a 10-0 win over Peterborough.

After a flying start, Bletchley took the lead when Emma Taylor scored between the posts, but with the kick going astray, the visitors were 5-0 up.

Bletchley had further chances to extend their lead, with Emma Taylor again at the heart of the attack, offloading to Rachael Taylor, but she was stopped short just before the line, meaning the visitors had to settle for a five point advantage at half time.

Despite the lack of score, the play kept the spectators entertained, first Bletchley taking it on, then Peterborough as possession switched regularly.

But it was Bletchley who would eventually edge their noses further in front with 10 minutes to go.

Bletchley took the ball from the restart scrum, only to take a high tackle, giving them a penalty.

Beth Metcalf tapped the ball, passed out to Rachael Taylor, on to Cons Novas and out to Claire Sutton, who was finally caught by Peterborough. Emma Taylor picked the ball form the ruck and carried it over the line, giving Bletchley their second try of the match.

Despite a strong last minute push from Peterborough, they couldn’t add anything to the score, as Bletchley ran out 10-0 winners.