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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Northampton Bbob
D Hyde, P Ashbridge (4), J Dear, J Meadows (2), J Naylor, P Fahey
Full time
P Ashbridge (6), M Drake
Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South)

Bulls thump visitors with highly entertaining display

Ives continue their run with comprehensive victory

Having had a close match at BBOB early in the season, Ives were delighted to run out with a good win. Stand-in skipper Mickey Drake commented, “We were apprehensive before the start of the game and the score doesn’t reflect the fact that BBOB fought for the entire 80. Unfortunately for them, we took our chances and we’re happy to look forward to the tough encounter we’ll face next week.”
The game did not start well for the Ives as they conceded ground via penalties in the first minutes. BBOB could not take advantage as great work at the breakdown by Josh Dear turned over possession on the home 5 metre line.
Sweeping upfield, patient play from a well worked line out saw the ball retained by the Ives. Following a series of phases, Dan Hyde was the delighted recipient of a pass to open the scoring.
BBOB attacked from the kick off, but could not convert the pressure into points. Ives again played well to gain ground, forcing an offence. A quickly taken penalty by Josh Meadows released Paul Ashbridge to score the second.
Ives were playing with purpose and put the visitors under pressure. A lack of knowledge of the new laws saw a penalty gained for the hosts as BBOB kicked through a ruck. From the ensuing lineout, a delicious delayed pass by Ashbridge saw Josh Dear steam through a gap to score under the posts.
Ives were in the ascendant. A high tackle penalty was nudged to the corner and a superbly executed line out maul saw Josh Meadows score.
Half time 26-0
Determined to keep up the pressure, the Bulls started the second half superbly. A training ground move saw Ollie Raine release John Naylor from the base of the scrum. Excellent hands between supporting forwards and backs, a break by Alex Henly and swift transference of the ball finally saw Naylor score what may be the try of the season.
Severely under the cosh at scrum time, BBOB next conceded a penalty try.
After a thrilling attack down the right flank, space out left was spotted and good execution saw Meadows in for his second.
Two tries swiftly followed from the visitors’ kick offs as they had no answer to first the direct running of Tommy Newman and second the scrum power of the Bulls. Both resulted in tried for Ashbridge, who took fine line to pierce the opposition defence.
More was to come as Ives continue to play their patterns. Stretching the BBOB defence once more, Ashbridge again sliced through the defence for his fourth of the day.
The final score came after a break from their own half. With all Bulls wishing to add their names to the score sheet, it was Pete Fahey who added the final touch in the corner.
Ashbridge added 7 conversions to the tally.
The astute amongst will note that the final score does not reflect this report. The result is of course always determined by the arbiter. Amen to that. The PT will be scratched from the record for those counting…. 

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Duncan Williams

Player of the Match

Duncan Williams

Key moments

7:00
Try Dan Hyde scores for St Ives (Midlands)
15:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
16:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00
Try Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
21:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00
Try John Naylor scores for St Ives (Midlands)
44:00
Conversion Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
55:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
68:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00
Try Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Duncan Williams is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
72:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00 Try 69 - 0
Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00 Conversion 64 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
68:00 Try 62 - 0
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Conversion 57 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Try 55 - 0
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00 Conversion 50 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00 Try 48 - 0
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
56:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
55:00 Try 43 - 0
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
52:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to St Ives (Midlands)
44:00 Conversion 33 - 0
Mickey Drake kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Try 31 - 0
John Naylor scores for St Ives (Midlands)
40:00 Sub On
Gregory Dale is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
31:00 Conversion 26 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00 Try 24 - 0
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
21:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00 Try 17 - 0
Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
16:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
15:00 Try 10 - 0
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
8:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
7:00 Try 5 - 0
Dan Hyde scores for St Ives (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Northampton Bbob
  • 0
  • Dan Hyde Try 7:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 15:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 16:00'
  • Josh Dear Try 20:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 21:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 30:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 31:00'
  • Gregory Dale Sub On 40:00'
  • John Naylor Try 43:00'
  • Mickey Drake Conversion 44:00'
  • Penalty Try 52:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 55:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 57:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 58:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 60:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 61:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 68:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 69:00'
  • Peter Fahey Try 71:00'

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
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Tuckwood, Sam Tuckwood, Sam
Watts, Thomas Watts, Thomas
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
Hyde, Dan Hyde, Dan

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# Team Pl Pts
1. St Ives (Midlands) 21 80
2. Leicester Forest 21 48
3. Vipers 11 32
4. Queens 17 28
5. Daventry 9 21
6. Northampton Casuals 7 14
7. Biggleswade 8 14

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