Home win lifts Bletchley’s spirits

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Bletchley put a poor run of form behind them when they saw off bottom side Swanage & Wareham 29-8 on Saturday.

The Manor Fields success was Bletchley’s first victory on their own turf since they beat Newbury Blues in November, but was their second win in three games following a good display at High Wycombe at the start of February.

Bletchley’s victory against Swanage gave them revenge for their 29-28 defeat in Dorset earlier in the season, but also eased any relegation concerns that their poor run of form had brought in recent weeks.

Ben Robinson got Bletchley off to the perfect start when he touched down four minutes into the game. Phil Harman’s conversion made it 7-0, but the hosts were made to wait until midway through the first half to score again.

In the meantime Swanage cut the deficit with a penalty, but Tom Foster’s try and the extras from Harman gave the home side a healthy 14-3 lead.

And Bletchley had several chances to add more tries to their tally before the interval, but all they could muster was another three points from the boot of Harman.

Bletchley wasted no time in the second half though, with Will Garrett going over for try number three before Swanage responded in kind.

The hosts then made sure of victory with a bonus point try courtesy of Josh Peters. The win lifts Bletchley to ninth place in the South West 1 East table.

Bletchley ladies were also winners as they beat Kilburn Cosmos 10-5 thanks to tries from Helen Bateman and Emma Taylor.

Olney were beaten 18-5 by Wallingford in the Southern Counties North league as James Brock scored a debut try.

Milton Keynes’ game at Tadley was postponed because of a frozen pitch.