Rugby: Bletchley are second best against division’s top scorers

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BLETCHLEY came out on the wrong side of a 39-0 result against Old Centralians in the first meeting between the two clubs.

Bletchley started the game well and held out the high-flying Centralians for the opening 28 minutes. In fact, they should have taken the lead as they approached the line, but a knock on turned over possession, and the Centralians winger broke the length of the field to cross the whitewash for the opening score.

Another try before half-time saw Bletchley trail by 10 points at the interval, though they were still well in the fight.

Both sides exchanged possession and territory either side of the half way line in the first few minutes of the second half, but it was the visitors who made the most of a gap in the defensive line. The ball was sent wide quickly by Old Centralians and their full back exploited the space well before turning provider for the winger to score eight minutes after the restart. Again the conversion went wide, but the scoreboard read 15-0.

Bletchley had hardly organised themselves when Old Centralians crossed for their bonus point try of the afternoon four minutes later. Yet again the ball went wide of the posts for the conversion.

Another breakaway try gifted Old Centralians seven more points as the kicker finally found his form in front of the posts taking the score to 27-0.

The visitors then scored two controversial tries - the first coming when Bletchley felt Centralians had turned over the ball, though the referee awarded the points as they dived over the line.

And they added to the score again when it appeared as though the Centralians winger had dropped the ball before picking it up again to score.

Regardless of the 39-0 scoreline, Bletchley knew that it was only a handful of small errors which cost them dearly against the league’s top scoring side.

Next up for Bletchley is a clash against third placed Reading.