Rugby round-up: City maintain winning start to season

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MILTON Keynes made it two wins out of two to start the new season on Saturday as they handed Southern Counties League new boys Marlborough a 50-0 thrashing at Emerson Valley.

Keen to provide some quality rugby in their first competitive outing at the club’s new ground, City ran in seven tries after edging past Alchester in their first game the previous weekend.

It only took City 10 minutes to get on the scoresheet when Phil Powell’s interception led to Wayne Kelly going forward and passing to Neil Russell who score. Powell then finished what he had start by converting for 7-0.

City’s pack were in the ascendency and another score soon followed from Daniel Edwards who went after a pass from Myles Donnelly. Powell missed the conversion attempt but kicked a penalty to make up for it shortly after.

Kelly added his second try and by half time the hosts were 23-0 up. And further tries came early in the second, starting with Dan Rolfe who cut inside to score. He then ran home a second a few moments later before Powell and Ashley Hill also managed to get their names on the scoresheet by the end.

Despite the convincing score, City still have to make do with third place in the table with Wootton Bassett and Grove currently a point better off. And Saturday sees City face their first big test as they visit Beaconsfield who have also enjoyed back-to-back wins to start the season.

>> After starting the South West 1 East League season with two defeats, there was a welcome return to form for Olney who beat Buckingham 30-21.

It took Olney only two minutes to score their first try as Tom Dolemore touched down after good work by fly half Dave Smith.

Buckingham responded well and a penalty conversion saw them cut the gap before Dolemore was back on the scoresheet by kicking a goal to make the score 8-3.

The visitors scored another penalty and then sealed a converted try to go 13-8 to the good. But Olney were back on the offensive straight away and an excellent Steve Harrison try saw them level the scores.

Jon Bryce and Charlie Belcher had to be replaced after suffering injuries but replacements James Hannah and George Stanton were up to the ask as the first half ended 16-16 with the two sides trading further penalties.

Three unanswered penalties from Dolemore to start the second half saw the game swing in Olney’s favour and when both sides were reduced a man the hosts were looking good to seal a first win of the season.

They soon earned some breathing space when from the resulting penalty the ball was fed to Hannah to score an unconverted try, and although a lapse in concentration allowed Buckingham in to score again to reduce the lead to single figures, Olney had done enough to take the win.

>> After an opening win, Bletchley have now tasted defeat twice on the bounce, the latest coming 22-16 away to Witney who made it three in three.

Neither side managed to score in the first half an hour but Phil Harman broke the deadlock with a penalty for the visitors before Witney responded with a converted try.

After a couple more Harman kicks the hosts moved 17-9 ahead before an excellent try from Josh Peters pulled the visitors back to within a point. But in the closing stages Witney managed to score again to make the win safe.