Bletchley’s dream of reaching Twickenham was dashed on Saturday as they lost in the Southern Counties Intermediate Cup Final to Trowbridge.
The 34-10 defeat means their Cup run is over, as Trowbridge progress to the South West Intermediate Cup Final.
But the home side started brightly and delivered a double-blow to Bletchley after seven minutes, when Jordan Szabo scored and prop Ian Cope was forced off through injury. Lloyd Davis converted the try and the home side had an early 7-0 advantage.
With dominant possession and territory, it was only a matter of time before Trowbridge extended their lead and the score came in the 22nd minute as the home side set up a maul and worked their way over the try-line for Sean Jones to score their second try of the match and with the successful conversion.
Another try went unconverted for the home side, and a penalty went over the bar as Trowbridge went for the jugular in the first half, opening up a 22 point advantage.
But late in the half, Bletchley gave themselves a slim lifeline. Bletchley’s pack had been under the cosh for much of the match and it was an unbelievable effort from the visitors as they not only won the scrum against the head, but marched Trowbridge back over the try-line. Steve Allen made no mistake in touching the ball down to get Bletchley back into the match. The conversion kick from Harman was held up in the strong wind, but they were on the board at 22-5.
With a new sense of optimism, Bletchley came out raring to go in the second half.
They almost scored immediately after the restart, but weren’t to be denied for long as they came back through a set piece move from a penalty.
Adam Fox was the recipient of the move and he burst through several Trowbridge defenders to get his side a much needed score, reducing the deficit to 22-10.
Unfortunately, that was as good as it good for the visitors.
Five minutes later, Bletchley were reduced to fourteen men as the referee showed a yellow card.
Despite playing into the wind, Trowbridge exploited the gap left in the forwards with two tries in the 10 minutes sin-bin period, the first with the assistance of a missed off-side at the breakdown only 5m from the touch line.
Bletchley were unable to get back into the match and with Trowbridge’s front five showing dominance in the set piece, the visitors were put under a pressure they had not experienced this season.
Bletchley were left disappointed by the 34-10 final score, feeling they weren’t able to be at their best.
This Saturday, they return to league action, away against Drifters.