Defeat is the order of the day

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It was a miserable weekend for local sides, with Bletchley, Milton Keynes and Olney all losing.

Bletchley remain rock bottom of South West 1 East, and are still chasing that illusive first win of the season, but narrowly lost to 28-20 at home to Reading.

The home side conceded the first try of the afternoon, but were back on level terms at 7-7 by half time.

Within minutes of the restart, Bletchley took the lead with a penalty and then scored a try as they won a scrum originally given to Reading and drove over. The conversion gave them a 14-7 lead.

Both sides scored again to make the match on a knife edge at 20-14.

But from there, Reading put the hammer down and two more tries made it 28-20, leaving Bletchley wondering what might have been.

MK’s Southern Counties North campaign is also in desperate need of a victory, sitting as they do also bottom of the pile following a 29-8 defeat to Wallingford.

City scored all of their points in the first half, but trailed at half time 12-8.

In the second half, Wallingford opened up their advantage, running in more tries to complete the rout.

City are bottom of the league with one point from seven games.

Olney have fared somewhat better than the other two sides this season, but also slumped to defeat on Saturday, losing to 26-17 to Peterborough.

But they staged a remarkable comeback to nearly get something from the game.

At one stage, Olney were 23-3 down, and managed to get to within five points but couldn’t quite force the issue late on.