City make it four in a row

MK Rugby
MK Rugby

Milton Keynes made it four wins in a row to stay top of Southern Counties North, beating Reading Abbey 50-13 on Saturday.

Although the scoreline looks comprehensive, the City pack came off the field claiming it was the most physical game of the season.

MK took an early lead a typical Powell burst through the middle drew players in and he was able to offload to Dave Matthews and who gave the ball to the supporting flanker Daniel Rolfe scoring his sixth try of the season with City’s first attack of the day. Powell was unable to convert.

Just moments, later City had their second try, when after a couple of phases, Rob Lasbrey picked the ball off the base of a ruck, as he went to play it, the covering defender seemed to go with the pass before it was played, and he lost his footing as he tried to recover, allowing Lasbrey to seize the opportunity and run it in himself. Powell again was unable to convert.

Abbey that had the majority of possession and territory, with MK organising their defence and hitting their tackles well to prevent any try scoring opportunities.

Abbey would eventually get their first points from a penalty after 26 minutes.

They were unable to build on this thought as again carrying the ball into the MK 22, they met a sturdy defence and quick turnover ball created an overlap outside for centre Rob Matthews to run in from distance, this went unconverted.

The last score of the half came from fullback Ash Targett, after Josh Myles making his first start for MK, having just turned 18, won beautiful lineout ball which went from Lasbrey to Powell, who cut through the Abbey defence and passed to Targett to touch down. This time Powell hit the conversion, to make the half time score 22-3.

While Abbey missed an early second half penalty, City would capitalise by touching down three times in five minutes to put the game out of sight.

First Ollie Fountain scored off the back of the scrum, receive the ball wide and show his power by running through two tackles to score under the posts. Powell converting.

Moments later, the Abbey fullback was unable to deal with a kick which bounced around the 22 before replacement Scott Aspinall pounced on it to score from close range. Abbey still tried to push for scores but couldn’t live with City’s counter attacking game.

This time some good handling and a wonderful long pass from Powell allowed Rolfe to score his second of the day. Both converted by Powell.

David Brown rolled back the years by sidestepping the Abbey full-back to touch down beneath the posts to take City’s total to 50.

But Abbey had the final say, scoring twice late on, including a deserved try from Sam Hallett to pull the score back to 50-19.

City will be top of the league for at least a fortnight now, with cup fixtures taking over next Saturday.

But Bletchley are keeping them on their toes, bouncing back from last week’s defeat to Aylesbury by putting Wallingford to the sword.

Debutant Adam Wilkinson was the star of the show, crossing the line six times as Bletchley ran riot.

John Kirwan scored the first try of the afternoon after just five minutes, before the first of Wilkinson’s haul nine minutes later.

Paul Mellon set up Kev Turnbull to score after 18 minutes before crossing the line himself two minutes later as Phil Harman found his kicking boots, slotting over both conversions to put them 24-0 up after 20 minutes.

Wilkinson completed his hat-trick before the break and Tom Foster scored Bletchley’s seventh before half time as they lead 41-0.

Fans had to wait 13 minutes before Bletchley added to their score, as Phil Harman fed brother George to go over. Two minutes later, Wilkinson scored his fourth of the day, before George Harman went over again for his second in five minutes to make it 60-0.

Steve Allen scored Bletchley’s 11th of the day before Wallingford finally got themselves on the board with a converted effort.

But Bletchley didn’t let off the throttle. Dan Read and Matt Nobes added two more tries, while Wilkinson scored his fifth and sixth of the afternoon to complete the rout.

Olney were dealt another defeat at the weekend, losing 29-13 to Newbold on Avon in Midlands 2 East South.

Jordan Letts kicked Olney into a 3-0 lead after just two minutes, but the visitors were keen to get in front, forcing Olney on to their heels.

A powerful drive after a lineout saw Newbold take the lead after 10 minutes, before Olney skipper John Robinson was sent to the sinbin following a questionable decision from the referee.

But Newbold then had a man of their own on the sidelines, and Olney made their advantage count as the home side set up a driving maul, allowing Jack Sutton to cross the line.

Olney took a narrow 8-7 lead in to the break.

But two unanswered tries in the opening 13 minutes of the second half put the visiting side back in control of the match at 19-8.

The edgy affair had something bubbling under the surface, and an altercation between Stuart Livesay and a Newbold player saw the referee send both the players off.

Newbold didn’t let it bother them though, as the scored two more late tries to extend their lead out to 29-8.

Olney’s Will Edwards got the last laugh though, showing his turn of pace down the wing to score out wide, with the result ending 29-13.