1st XV - Match centre

Daventry
St Ives (Midlands)
N Gusto
Full time
P Ashbridge (2), O Raine (4), A Tayedzerwa, O Bartlett, W Nelson (2)
N Gusto
P Ashbridge (8)
N Gusto
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South)

Bulls finish 3rd after excellent last game performance

Scintillating exhibition stuns Daventry

After a superb week’s preparation led by the side-lined Max Dominy, St. Ives blew Daventry away with their first win at their hosts’ ground.
The game started at a fast pace, and Daventry had the first opportunity to score in the early moments, but a loose pass gifted possession back to St. Ives. Quick Transference gave Paul Ashbridge a scintilla of space and he sprinted through to score.
Soon after, a simple line out off the top gained Ives good ball. Ollie Raine ran hard off Michael Drake’s shoulder and scythed through for the second try with only seven minutes on the clock.
Daventry responded with a penalty from in front when Ives were caught offside at a breakdown.
The home side was clearly rattled and a number of black shirted players chose to attempt unorthodox tactics to disrupt the Ives’ rhythm. The game briefly became a stop-start affair, but the visitors’ intensity could not be stemmed.
Following another good lineout, a series of phases through the forwards finally sucked the Daventry defence in. Good hands saw Albiee Tayedzerwa skip down the touchline to score in the corner.
Realising the game was escaping despite the attempted strong-arm tactics, Daventry resorted to playing rugby and made good ground. A series of penalties against the back-pedalling Bulls ended with a 5 metre lineout to the hosts. Ives switched back into gear and stole the opposition ball, trouble was averted.
Drake made a great break in midfield and after galloping into the opposition 22 fed the ever-supporting Ollie Bartlett for the bonus point try.
Half time 3-26
The home side started with vigour in the second half, but could not break down the Ives defence. At times Ives were under pressure and an injudicious tackle when not retiring by the aggressive Duncan Williams led to a yellow.
Despite the inferiority in numbers, Ives pack was dominating and marching their opponents back in the scrum.
The Bulls wrested possession once more and gained a lineout on Daventry’s 10-metre line. There then followed possibly the try of the season if judged on execution of a set plan. Quick line out ball was fed out the back to Ashbridge who released the straight running Will Nelson. The full back speared through the defence untouched to score a fine try.
Daventry suffered a couple of injuries and became demoralised. With 30 minutes left of the season Ives were determined not to let up. There followed a feast of both running and power rugby.
A deft chip by Drake was gathered by the clued-in Ashbridge for the next try.
Daventry now started to haemorrhage penalties. Having tested the hosts’ lineout defence a couple of times, Josh Dear opted to scrummage. As has been the case on many occasions this season the opposition pack was summarily marched back until Raine chose to pick up and score.
Defiance by a good handful of the Daventry side was rewarded with a try when, following a well worked lineout and good phases of retained ball, weak broken play tackling allowed them in for their solitary try.
Nonetheless, the Ives wanted the last word. Or three.
First, a break by veteran Jim Robinson was supported by the marauding fellow-vet Williams. He made good ground and found a pass to Raine who bounded in for his hat trick.
Immediately from the kick off, Raine palmed the ball back to Bartlett who sprinted upfield. Good continuity ended with Raine dotting down for his 4th.
With the final whistle approaching, Ives once again ran from deep. A home attack was thwarted and Stuart Cornwell found himself with the ball and 70 metres to dash to the try line. He made 50 before being caught, but Nelson was on hand to end the game with a flourish as he darted through a gap to score. Ashbridge completed proceedings with the conversion attempt having added 16 points with the boot.
The coaches were delighted with the fine team performance. Even when the game was done and dusted, the defensive intensity illustrated the desire in the ranks. This was illustrated by David Stone, the indefatigable Bartlett and young George Peacock, who were resolute in preventing any further home scores.
Skipper Josh Dear was already looking forward to the next campaign. “We have finished superbly today. We need to be ready to work even harder during pre-season and put ourselves in a position to challenge for honours next season.”

Key moments

2:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
3:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
9:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
10:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
14:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Daventry
17:00
Try Albie Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
32:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00
Try Will Nelson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
59:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
73:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Daventry
74:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Daventry
75:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
79:00
Try Will Nelson scores for St Ives (Midlands)

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80:00 Player of the Match
George Peacock is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
79:30 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
79:00 Try 10 - 66
Will Nelson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00 Conversion 10 - 61
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
75:00 Try 10 - 59
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
74:00 Conversion 10 - 54
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Daventry
73:00 Try 8 - 54
N. Gusto scores for Daventry
71:00 Conversion 3 - 54
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Try 3 - 52
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
66:00 Conversion 3 - 47
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Try 3 - 45
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Conversion 3 - 40
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
59:00 Try 3 - 38
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00 Conversion 3 - 33
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00 Try 3 - 31
Will Nelson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
46:00 Yellow Card
Duncan Williams is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
32:00 Conversion 3 - 26
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00 Try 3 - 24
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
18:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
17:00 Try 3 - 19
Albie Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
14:00 Penalty 3 - 14
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Daventry
10:00 Conversion 0 - 14
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
9:00 Try 0 - 12
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
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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  • Daventry
  • St Ives (Midlands)
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  • Paul Ashbridge Try 2:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 3:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 9:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 10:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 14:00'
  • Albie Tayedzerwa Try 17:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 31:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 32:00'
  • Duncan Williams Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Will Nelson Try 50:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 51:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 59:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 60:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 65:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 66:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 70:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 71:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 73:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 74:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 75:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 76:00'
  • Will Nelson Try 79:00'
  • George Peacock Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Nelson, Will Nelson, Will
Henley, Alex Henley, Alex
Robinson, Jim Robinson, Jim
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Tayedzerwa, Albie Tayedzerwa, Albie
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Peacock, George Peacock, George
Raine, Ollie Raine, Ollie
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Stone, David Stone, David
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
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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