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1st XV - Match centre

Leicester Forest
St Ives (Midlands)
N Gusto, N Gusto
Tries
P Ashbridge (2), A Tayedzerwa (2), O Raine (2)
N Gusto
Conversions
P Ashbridge (3)
N Gusto
Penalties
Sat 6 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South) Full time

Bulls start 2018 as they finished 2017

Tough encounter tests Bulls resilience and they come out on top

Due to the earlier cancelled fixture, St. Ives entertained a game Leicester Forest side at the Chicken Shack for the “away” fixture. The final score belies the close nature of the contest as Forest looked for an upset. A keen north easterly wind meant that any usual advantage of the slope was negated.
Having had the Christmas lay off, both teams needed to shake off the cobwebs and extra pounds. It was Forest who came out the blocks quickest. The visitors attacked the Ives line in the first minutes, but a dropped pass within 5 metres saw the chance lost and Ives breathe a sigh of relief.
With some possession, Ives headed downfield. John Naylor found Paul Ashbridge on half way and the latter’s line took him beyond the first line of defence. Pinning his ears back, Ashbridge clattered over the last defender for the first score of 2018.
Almost immediately, Ives were on the attack again. A Forest lineout was taken against the throw by the leaping Ollie Raine. After a series of phases, Josh Dear was released in the wide channel, feeding Albiee Tayedzerwa who scorched past his opposite number to score.
Any thoughts of an easy ride were scotched as the Forest full back put a fine kick into the corner. Having won the defensive lineout, Ives were turned over and a patient series of drives saw Forest score a converted try.
With the soft ground and strong wind making it a tricky day for kicking, Forest missed a chance to level with a penalty.
A period of scrappy play followed. Ives attacked, but Forest defended well. Finally, a penalty at the breakdown allowed Naylor to take a quick tap. Darting forward, Raine was in support and dashed through to score under the posts.
From the kick off, a high shot gave Forest another penalty attempt from in front, this time converted.
The remainder of the half was evenly contested until another penalty to Ives gave them the opportunity to gain the try bonus point. A well-executed lineout was followed by some classic back play gaining yards. Having stretched the defence, Mickey Drake released Matt Wood through a gap. Raine was again up in support to take the scoring pass for the best of the match.
Halftime 24-10
The feature of the second half was Forest’s strong running. Taking the direct route and bouncing off a few softer tackles they almost scored. Forest were awarded a penalty in front and chose to scrummage. They gained no ground, but good hands saw them over wide out.
From the kick off, Forest pounded the Ives line. Josh Meadows showed the way with some fine chop tackles and his colleagues followed suit with ten minutes of excellent defence.
Having weathered the storm, Ives were driven upfield by a couple of raking kicks by Ashbridge and Drake. Attempted relieving kicks were run back by Alex Henly to reverse the pressure on the visitors. After a series of driving phases, Ashbridge’s leg drive saw him over in the corner.
Again, Forest came back hard. A great break midfield was only thwarted by a high shot in defence, resulting in a yellow for Jack Blackley. Good hands were used to stretch the reduced Ives defence and only a forward pass prevented a score out wide.
Even a man down, Ives continued to play their patterns in attack. Having regained possession, some sweet handling involving both forwards and backs eventually saw Tayedzerwa gain the ball. With men to beat, he put his head down and sprinted directly for the line, slicing through the defensive line and scoring Ives sixth and final try.
The Ives were a contented bunch after the final whistle. Skipper Ollie Bartlett summarised, “That was a tough test and we came through it well. We’ve got some hard challenges coming up in both Cup and League, so this helps us look forward to those with some confidence.”

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Josh Meadows

Player of the Match

Josh Meadows

Key moments

6:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
9:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
12:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Leicester Forest
13:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Leicester Forest
21:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
22:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Leicester Forest
37:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
38:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
44:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Leicester Forest
57:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00
Try Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Josh Meadows is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Conversion 15 - 36
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Sub On
Gregory Dale is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00 Try 15 - 34
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Yellow Card
Jack Blackley is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00 Try 15 - 29
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
54:00 Sub On
Dan Hyde is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
45:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Leicester Forest
44:00 Try 15 - 24
N. Gusto scores for Leicester Forest
End of period 1
38:00 Conversion 10 - 24
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
37:00 Try 10 - 22
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00 Penalty 10 - 17
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Leicester Forest
22:00 Conversion 7 - 17
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
21:00 Try 7 - 15
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
17:00 Missed Penalty
N. Gusto misses a penalty for Leicester Forest
13:00 Conversion 7 - 10
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Leicester Forest
12:00 Try 5 - 10
N. Gusto scores for Leicester Forest
10:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
9:00 Try 0 - 10
Albert Tayedzerwa scores for St Ives (Midlands)
7:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • Leicester Forest
  • St Ives (Midlands)
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  • Paul Ashbridge Try 6:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 9:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 12:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 13:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 21:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 22:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 25:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 37:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 38:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 44:00'
  • Dan Hyde Sub On 54:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 57:00'
  • Jack Blackley Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Try 69:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 70:00'
  • Gregory Dale Sub On 70:00'

Team selection

Blackley, Jack Blackley, Jack
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Henley, Alex Henley, Alex
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Raine, Ollie Raine, Ollie
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Tuckwood, Sam Tuckwood, Sam
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
Leicester Forest
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# Team Pl Pts
1. St Ives (Midlands) 21 80
2. Leicester Forest 21 48
3. Vipers 11 32
4. Queens 22 28
5. Daventry 10 25
6. Biggleswade 9 18
7. Stockwood Park 7 16

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