Bletchley Ladies put to bed the ghosts of their inaugural season by beating Wellingborough 8-5 on Sunday.
In their first season back in 2012, Wellingborough asserted their dominance, running out 50-0 winners against the fledgling Bletchley side.
In a low scoring encounter, Bletchley welcomed new signing Caroline Collie at full back.
And it wasn’t long before she made her first impression on her team-mates and the game as she sped down the touchline to score and give the visitors a fifth minute lead.
Wellingborough came back into the game though and pegged Bletchley back into their own 22.
Bletchley’s ladies dug in, revealing the reason for the bulldog on their kit, stole the ball and kicked to touch.
However, this just put off the inevitable, as Wellingborough continued to pile on the pressure and, despite their best efforts, Bletchley were unable to prevent Wellingborough evening the score at 5-5.
The game flowed from end-to-end, with both defences holding firm and giving very little away.
Going into the second half, Bletchley continued to pile on the pressure. After 15 minutes in Wellingborough’s half, most of which was camped close to their line, Bletchley took the opportunity offered by a penalty to take the lead. Rachael Taylor booted the ball cleanly between the posts as Bletchley retook the lead 8-5.
And it was a lead they held, despite Wellingborough piling on the pressure at the end.
Bletchley remain unbeaten in league competition since the beginning of last season, and they are already five points clear atop NC Midlands 1.