1st Team - Report
|Bedford Tigers RLFC||42||vs||22||St Ives Roosters RLFC|
Bedford Tigers 42 St Ives Roosters 22
St Ives Roosters winning start to the season came to a halt as they went down 42 - 22 to their long time rivals Bedford Tigers.
It was a game in which injuries played a crucial part in the Roosters display. They lost Tim Lumley Good who pulled a hamstring in the pre match warm up. Things were not helped when Jamie Noble left the field after 15 minutes with a shoulder injury, Christopher Sykes broke his wrist after 30 minutes and Matt Ellwood with a leg injury in the second half could play no further part in the game.
The game opened brightly for the Roosters as the took a 6 - 0 lead after 10 minutes. Indiscipline from the Tigers led to two penalties for the Roosters. This allowed good field position. After a couple of drives into the centre of the field the ball was moved wide to Ashley Eusden to score in the corner. Matt Dear successfully converted the goal kick from a difficult angle.
Unfortunately the Roosters immedialtely allowed the Tigers back into the game. From the kick off the ball was knocked on. With the scrum in their favour Bedford used a crash ball move to score under the posts to score a converted try which levelled the scores.
A couple of minutes later Bedford extended their lead when a missed tackle in the middle of the pitch allowed an easy run in under the posts. The kick was successful as they extended their lead to 12 - 6.
The Roosters dug in and started to settle down. Pressure on the Bedford line allowed David Sykes to cross from short range with Dear once again successful with the conversion.
The Roosters Rhod Howcroft appeared to have put the Roosters into the lead when he crashed over the line but the referee ruled that he had dropped the ball in the grounding.
With the game on the point of half time the Roosters gave away a penalty under the posts. The kick was successful and the half time whistle blown to give Tigers a 14 - 12 lead.
With the lack of replacements the Roosters struggled in the second half as Bedford ruthlessly exposed the tiredness in some of the Roosters fowards.
The Roosters quickly conceeded two tries from defensive mistakes, one of which, was converted to extend the Bedford lead to 24 - 12. The Roosters cause was not helped when they knocked on at a scrum near their own line. This gave the Tigers another opportunity to press the Roosters line and score another converted try.
Things were looking ominous for the Roosters as they lost another player when Max Dominy left the field with a back injury. To their credit they hit back. The Tigers struggled to contain the Roosters new signing Rhod Howcroft. A couple of penalties in the Roosters favour allowed Sykes to feed Howcroft who smashed his way over the line. Matt Dear converted to reduce the Tigers lead to 30 - 18.
Bedford stopped any chance of a Roosters fight back when they wrapped up the game due to an unusual score. A Bedford player appeared to be tackled in the Roosters half but the referee decided that the tackle wasn't completed and allowed play to continue. The Tigers exploited the advantage and scored under the posts. Roosters hit back with a similar try to a first half score by the Tigers. Bedford knocked on from the kick off and from the scrum St Ives moved the ball wide. Stand in full back, Lewis Hall, threw a double dummy to cross the line for an unconverted try.
Ironically the Roosters knocked on from the resulting kick off and Bedford scored off the scrum to end the scoring with a deserved 42 - 22 win.