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1st XV - Match centre

Aylestone St James
St Ives (Midlands)
Full time
P Ashbridge, D Williams, O Raine, J Dear, J Meadows, A Tayedzerwa (3), O Bartlett, W Nelson, G Peacock (2)
P Ashbridge (9)
N Gusto, N Gusto
Sat 1 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South)

Ruthless St. Ives turn on the style

Plucky Aylestone are put to the sword

The long trip to Leicestershire left Ives looking lethargic in the run up to the kick off. Having shaken off the journey after the first quarter of the match, the Bulls turned on the style and racked up another high scoring win.
Starting against the elements, Ives scored with the first play of the game. The ball was swept left and right, stretching Jimmies’ defence until Paul Ashbridge burst through to open the scoring.
The lowly league position of the hosts belies their spirit. They attacked ferociously for the next ten minutes, but Ives defence was not breached. Unfortunately, the hosts were held at bay on occasion illegally. The home 10 slotted a penalty from in front.
Still not firing on all cylinders, Ives found themselves with a lineout just inside the home 22. A well set maul drove in to the heart of the defence. Duncan Williams peeled off the back and crashed over.
Again, Aylestone came back. For ten minutes it would have been difficult for unconnected observers to know at which end of the table each team sat. As the second quarter started, Ives clicked into gear as realisation dawned that Jimmies would not go down without a fight. Aylestone were rewarded with another penalty.
Order returned to the visitors’ play and Ives mounted good attacks allied to thumping defence. Ollie Bartlett’s treatment of Jimmies’ scrum half was particularly eye catching and undoubtedly eye watering for the recipient.
From another lineout, Jim Robinson carried to the gain line, then releasing Ollie Raine standing at inside centre (he always ends up there), who pierced the defence to score. Shortly afterwards, the unlucky Raine left the fray with what turned out to be a broken finger. We wish him well for a speedy return.
The next score came from a great turnover by Alex Henly. Defending their own line, Aylestone ran the ball, were caught and robbed of possession. Josh Dear snaffled the ball and, tucking it up his shirt to prevent theft by the supporting Williams, drove over the line.
As the half closed, Josh Meadows switching with aplomb from hooker to number 8, picked from the base of a scrum close in and scored.
Half time 6-31.
The second half saw Ives play some delightful rugby. Almost from the kick off, Ives were deep in Aylestone territory. Slick hands by wannabe backs Dear and David Stone put Albiee Tayedzerwa in space. Dancing feet saw him beat the last defence and sprint to the posts.
Shortly after, Ashbridge made another telling break, feeding the supporting Tayedzerwa for his second.
The spirit of Aylestone did not die and there followed a period of good play by the home side. But, Ives were determined not to allow their opponents a try.
A home lineout on the half way line went straight to Ollie Bartlett. He simply tucked the ball under his arm and sprinted through the flailing defence for a fine individual try.
In the final quarter, the game broke up affording the Bulls’ backs the chance to run from anywhere.
An attempted clearance by the home full back was blocked by the onrushing Tayedzerwa. Will Nelson picked up the stray ball and showed a clean pair of heels to score.
From the kick off, another Nelson break was supported by Bartlett. He reached the opposite 22 before passing to Tayedzerwa who skipped down the touchline leaving two defenders in his wake to score in the corner for his hat trick.
Another Bartlett break had Ashbridge in support. He generously gifted George Peacock the score under the posts.
The last score came from some cute thinking between Tayedzerwa and Ashbridge. Sprinting to fetch a touch kick, a quickly taken line out was sent to the onrushing Ashbridge; he drew the last man and put Peacock in for his second.
The last five minutes of the game were spent camped on the Ives line. The visitors were fulsome in their praise of the home side’s resilience and effort. But, that did not lead to any generosity on the scoreboard as the whistle went with Aylestone tryless.
Dear was delighted with his team’s efforts. “We’ve done well today. We now turn our attention to Biggleswade next week. That will be a tough encounter, but we’ll enjoy preparing to welcome them to the chicken shack.”

Key moments

2:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
3:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
5:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Aylestone St James
10:00
Try Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
19:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Aylestone St James
32:00
Try Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
33:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
37:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
42:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
45:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
46:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
49:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00
Try Will Nelson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
62:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
68:00
Try George Peacock scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
75:00
Try George Peacock scores for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ollie Bartlett is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00 Conversion 6 - 78
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
75:00 Try 6 - 76
George Peacock scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00 Conversion 6 - 71
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
68:00 Try 6 - 69
George Peacock scores for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Try 6 - 64
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
62:00 Conversion 6 - 59
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Try 6 - 57
Will Nelson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Sub On
Adam Scott is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
49:00 Conversion 6 - 52
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00 Try 6 - 50
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
47:00 Sub On
Gregory Dale is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
46:00 Conversion 6 - 45
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
45:00 Try 6 - 43
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Conversion 6 - 38
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
42:00 Try 6 - 36
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
38:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
37:00 Try 6 - 31
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
33:00 Conversion 6 - 26
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
32:00 Try 6 - 24
Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00 Sub On
David Sharp is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00 Penalty 6 - 19
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Aylestone St James
20:00 Conversion 3 - 19
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
19:00 Try 3 - 17
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
11:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
10:00 Try 3 - 12
Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
5:00 Penalty 3 - 7
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Aylestone St James
3:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
2:00 Try 0 - 5
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • Aylestone St James
  • St Ives (Midlands)
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  • Paul Ashbridge Try 2:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 3:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 5:00'
  • Duncan Williams Try 10:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 19:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 20:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 25:00'
  • David Sharp Sub On 26:00'
  • Josh Dear Try 32:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 33:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 37:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 42:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 43:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 45:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 46:00'
  • Gregory Dale Sub On 47:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 48:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 49:00'
  • Adam Scott Sub On 60:00'
  • Will Nelson Try 61:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 62:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 65:00'
  • George Peacock Try 68:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 69:00'
  • George Peacock Try 75:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 76:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Nelson, Will Nelson, Will
Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Henley, Alex Henley, Alex
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Robinson, Jim Robinson, Jim
Peacock, George Peacock, George
Raine, Ollie Raine, Ollie
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Stone, David Stone, David
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Margetts, Tom Margetts, Tom
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
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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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