1st XV - Match centre

Northampton Mens Own
St Ives (Midlands)
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
Full time
D Williams, M Wood (2), P Ashbridge
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
P Ashbridge (4)
N Gusto
Sat 4 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South)

Ives come unstuck at Mens Own

Poor defensive first half left too much of a mountain to climb

With a spring in their step following last weeks win at S&L and fuelled by bacon rolls, the first team headed across to Men's Own for a rearranged fixture that was postponed due to a water logged pitch a few weeks earlier. The pitch was in decent nick but there was a stiff breeze to be taken advantage of, and MO started with the advantage.
From the off, MO were hungrier, quicker and more determined, frequently asking questions of the Ives defence. Maybe there was a touch of complacency about the visitors as the home side scored a converted try within the first ten minutes. Men's Own were relentless in attack and the Ives defence which had proved tough to break down in recent weeks was breached a second time five minutes later.
Ives, shell-shocked, looked to get themselves in the game and went back to basics. Good close work by the pack built momentum and field position and provided the platform for Duncan Williams to go over from close range. Converted by Ashbridge.
A soft try followed just two minutes later when a pick off the base of a scrum by the MO eight resulted in a big carry and an offload to a supporting runner saw the home team score under the sticks.
With just 30 minutes on the clock, MO scored yet again, securing a try scoring bonus point and Ives were once again gathered behind the try line scratching their heads wondering what was going on.
Men's Own managed to get one more before a push over scrum by the visitors got one back just before the break with Matt Wood dotting down and Ashbridge securing the extras.
At 33-14, Ives had given themselves a mountain to climb and skipper Josh Dear had some stern words at half time which appeared to rouse the troops as they set about closing the deficit.
The front five began to show some dominance with good carries from Tommy Newman and Duncan Williams punching holes, giving Ives a bit of momentum. Tom Margetts was putting in a good display, covering ground like a back rower as Ives camped in the MO half. The pressure finally told as Matt Wood grabbed his second score and the conversion by Ashbridge closed the gap to 12 points.
There was a little frustration shown by Ives as their pressure wasn't being turned into points and a few penalties were conceded. One was within kicking distance and despite the headwind, the MO kicker slotted well.
With fifteen minutes still on the clock, Ives won a line out deep in MO territory and the ball was spun well by Greg Dale and Paul Ashbridge went on a jinxing run to score a fine solo effort and also got the conversion.
At 36-28 and time left, Ives went in pursuit of more points. Penalties in the MO twenty two were taken as scrums, ran or kicked to touch rather than a shot at goal as Ives went for the kill. Unfortunately, there was no way through the wall of white as the hosts held out for a well earned victory.

Key moments

10:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
11:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
15:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
25:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00
Try Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
27:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
28:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
30:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
31:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
34:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
35:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
39:00
Try Matt Wood scores for St Ives (Midlands)
39:30
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00
Try Matt Wood scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Northampton Mens Own
64:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Paul Ashbridge is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Conversion 36 - 28
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
64:00 Try 36 - 26
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Penalty 36 - 21
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Northampton Mens Own
50:00 Try 33 - 21
Matt Wood scores for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00 Conversion 33 - 16
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
40:00 Sub On
Tim Lumley Good is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
39:30 Conversion 33 - 14
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00 Try 33 - 12
Matt Wood scores for St Ives (Midlands)
35:00 Conversion 33 - 7
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
34:00 Try 31 - 7
N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
31:00 Conversion 26 - 7
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
30:00 Try 24 - 7
N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
28:00 Conversion 19 - 7
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
27:00 Try 17 - 7
N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
25:00 Try 12 - 7
Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00 Conversion 12 - 2
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
15:00 Try 12 - 0
N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
11:00 Conversion 7 - 0
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Northampton Mens Own
10:00 Try 5 - 0
N. Gusto scores for Northampton Mens Own
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As it happened

  • Northampton Mens Own
  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • 0
  • N. Gusto Try 10:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 11:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 15:00'
  • Duncan Williams Try 25:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 25:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 27:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 28:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 30:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 31:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 34:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 35:00'
  • Matt Wood Try 39:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 39:30'
  • Tim Lumley Good Sub On 40:00'
  • Matt Wood Try 50:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 50:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 60:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 64:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 65:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Player of the Match 80:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Stewarts & Lloyds 22 96
2. Long Buckby 22 90
3. St Ives (Midlands) 22 74
4. Northampton Casuals 21 63
5. Dunstablians 20 56
6. Biggleswade 22 53
7. Northampton BBOB 21 52

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