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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Biggleswade
J Meadows, P Ashbridge (2), A Tayedzerwa
Full time
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
P Ashbridge (2)
N Gusto
N Gusto
Sat 8 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South)

Bulls back to earth with a bump. And bruises.

Ives burnt by scorching Biggleswade

Having enjoyed two romps in the previous weeks, Ives were well grounded by a highly motivated Biggleswade side. The visitors showed speed of foot and thought throughout the game in contrast to the home side which often seemed to wilt under the strong sunshine.
The pattern was set in the first few minutes of the game. A scrappy lineout by the Bulls led to Biggleswade possession and pressure on the hosts’ line. A number of clearing kicks went straight downfield and as they would do all game the visiting back 3 enjoyed the firm underfoot conditions to sprint back at the Ives.
A penalty was kicked to the corner and good line out won and the visitors scored their first try.
The Ives were struggling to impose their game plan on the visitors whose centres played the tackle line very well and put pressure on the Bulls’ second receivers across the line. Ives could not break into their opponents 22.
The visitors were exerting a lot of pressure both with ball in hand and some searching kicks. Full back Will Nelson was up to the task and returned much ball as well as making some critical last line of defence tackles.
Biggleswade wrested back possession and, spreading the ball wide, scored in the corner. During the move Max Dominy tweaked something when wrong footed and retired from the fray, replaced by Greg Dale.
This finally sparked a response from the Bulls. Albiee Tayedzerwa made a strong break from deep in his own half, reaching his opponents’ 10-metre line. Good support saw Josh Meadows break free. He stepped the full back to score under the posts, duly converted by Paul Ashbridge.
With halftime beckoning, Ives conceded a penalty from the restart, which the visiting 10 converted.
With the half time score 7-13 and now playing with the slope, Ives expected better things in the second half. Whilst they made their own scores, some good handling by Biggleswade put the game beyond them.
A kick over by the Ives was returned with vim by Biggleswade. Good, simple drawing and passing left the winger to go over in the corner. Another tweak saw David Sharp leave the field for Tom Margetts.
Again, Ives were prompted to react. A kickable penalty was put into the corner. The decision was rewarded when good lineout possession was shipped to Ashbridge who darted through to score.
Biggleswade responded with another sweeping move. Driving through the forwards this time, they managed to dot the ball down on the line.
Almost immediately, Ives had another penalty opportunity. Sensing a repeat of the previous effort, the kick went into the corner. Unfortunately the lineout did not work as well and Biggleswade regained possession. Using their outside pace, they once again breached the tackle line and swept upfield to put the pressure back on the hosts. Also choosing to kick a penalty to the corner, a neat midfield wrap around from the lineout left a two on one which was easily completed. The kicker finally found his converting boots on this occasion.
Mickey Blackley took a heavy knock during the play and was replaced by Cullan Smy.
With the game slipping away, Ives found some good rugby from somewhere. From a lineout, Ashbridge fed the looping Tayedzerwa who jinked his way between the opposition three quarters and scorched to the line for a well worked try.
From the kick off, Ives charged downfield again. Ashbridge attacked the back pedalling defence and skipped past two defenders and the full back to score a fine individual try which he converted.
Now seeking field position for a potentially winning score, Ives once again put boot to ball. Once again the Biggleswade back three responded well, spreading the ball wide and setting up the final try which took the losing bonus point for St. Ives out of reach.
Ives were left to reflect on a disjointed performance against a side which had successfully thrown caution to what little wind there was. Fortunately, results elsewhere mean that they still have third place and can cement that if they put this match well behind them and return to winning ways in the last match of the season, away at Daventry.

Key moments

8:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
28:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
35:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
36:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
42:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
47:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
63:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
64:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Biggleswade
67:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
75:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Will Nelson is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Biggleswade
75:00 Try 24 - 35
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
71:00 Conversion 24 - 30
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Try 22 - 30
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
68:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
67:00 Try 17 - 30
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
64:00 Conversion 12 - 30
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Biggleswade
63:00 Try 12 - 28
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
58:00 Sub On
Cullan Smy is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
53:00 Sub On
Tom Margetts is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
52:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Biggleswade
51:00 Try 12 - 23
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
48:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
47:00 Try 12 - 18
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Biggleswade
42:00 Try 7 - 18
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 7 - 13
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
36:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
35:00 Try 5 - 10
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00 Sub On
Gregory Dale is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
29:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Biggleswade
28:00 Try 0 - 10
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
9:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Biggleswade
8:00 Try 0 - 5
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Biggleswade
  • 0
  • N. Gusto Try 8:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 28:00'
  • Gregory Dale Sub On 30:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 35:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 36:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 39:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 42:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 47:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 51:00'
  • Tom Margetts Sub On 53:00'
  • Cullan Smy Sub On 58:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 63:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 64:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 67:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 70:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 71:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 75:00'
  • Will Nelson 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
Dominy, Max Dominy, Max
Peacock, George Peacock, George
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Scott, Adam Scott, Adam
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Blackley, Mickey Blackley, Mickey
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
James, Stuart James, Stuart
Sharp, David Sharp, David
Biggleswade
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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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