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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Biggleswade
M Drake, O Bartlett (3), P Fahey
Tries
N Gusto, N Gusto
P Ashbridge (4)
Conversions
N Gusto, N Gusto
Penalties
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South) Full time

Bulls secure championship after first half scare

Skipper Bartlett leads by example as team pulls together to dominate second half

Knowing that victory would assure the Bulls of the league title, there were many supporters at the Chicken Shack to witness the match. The game started in helter skelter fashion and not to the supporters’ liking!
From the kick off, a knock on gave a fired up Biggleswade side a scrum in the home 22. Offside in the midfield gave the simplest of penalties and the hosts found themselves 3 points down in the first minute.
Worse was to follow as Biggleswade kicked the ball back immediately from the restart. The ball was lost by Ives and the fleet-footed winger following up collected and sprinted in for a try. The conversion made it 10-0 to the visitors with only 4 minutes played.
Ives were stung into action and a superb series of phases saw them sweep the length of the field with fluidity. With the Biggleswade defence stretched, Mickey Drake ran on to the ball at full tilt to score, converted by Paul Ashbridge.
Any thoughts that Ives would have a comfortable ride were quickly dispelled, however. Biggleswade were intent on spoiling the party. Playing with patience and direct running, they were kept out by good Ives defence. But, another offside saw them add a further 3 points.
With the watching crowd assembled expecting to celebrate a comfortable victory, nervousness crept into the home decision making. Ives lost possession running from deep and just one missed tackle allowed the Biggleswade back rower through for a converted score.
Ives were looking down the barrel and responded in fine style. A poor exit from defence by the visitors was turned over in midfield. Ives broke and a superb line by Ollie Bartlett saw him breach the defensive wall and score close in. Converted.
Half time 14-20.
Playing with the elements in the second half, Ives were immediately pegged back after another offside decision and found themselves nine points adrift.
But, the Bulls are not at the top for no reason. The collective desire shone through and Ives, with Mickey Drake pulling the strings at stand-off, began to dominate territory.
Upping of the tempo and being much more belligerent at the breakdown saw dividends. Biggleswade were struggling to contain the onrushing Bulls and the penalty count swung against them. A quick tap taken by the alert John Naylor led to a stirring passage of pay. The crowd was purring as the continuity witnessed oft-times this season finally surfaced. The line was finally reached as skipper Bartlett darted in for his second. Converted.
Whilst still down by two points, the confidence flooding back into the Ives veins was evident. It seemed inevitable that the bonus point try would come. When it did, it was a lovely chip over the onrushing defence by Drake that created it. Regathering the ball, he stepped the full back and released Pete Fahey who sprinted down the touchline to score. The conversion by Ashbridge from wide out was deserved icing on the cake and drew a huge roar from the sidelines.
Biggleswade were now under the cosh. Back from his world travels, Tom Watts charged down an attempted clearance kick. It was absolutely fitting that Bartlett capped his own magnificent display on the day by touching down the loose ball for his hat trick.
After the euphoria of the Midlands cup triumph, there was more quiet satisfaction apparent having secured the league title. “We were slow out of the blocks today,” said Bartlett after the game. “Biggleswade played very well in the first half and we had to adjust. It’s a mark of our development that we played the way we did in the second half and we deserve to be where we are.”

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Ollie Bartlett

Player of the Match

Ollie Bartlett

Key moments

1:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
3:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
4:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Biggleswade
6:00
Try Mickey Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
7:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
23:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
28:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
29:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Biggleswade
38:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00
Penalty N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
60:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Try Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
73:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores 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)
74:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
73:00 Try 33 - 23
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
72:00 Missed Penalty
Paul Ashbridge misses a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00 Conversion 28 - 23
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Try 26 - 23
Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Conversion 21 - 23
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Try 19 - 23
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
53:00 Sub On
Will Nelson is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Penalty 14 - 23
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
End of period 1
39:00 Sub On
David Sharp is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00 Conversion 14 - 20
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
38:00 Try 12 - 20
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
29:00 Conversion 7 - 20
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Biggleswade
28:00 Try 7 - 18
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
23:00 Penalty 7 - 13
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
15:00 Sub On
Albert Tayedzerwa is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
11:00 Missed Penalty
N. Gusto misses a penalty for Biggleswade
7:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
6:00 Try 5 - 10
Mickey Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
4:00 Conversion 0 - 10
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Biggleswade
3:00 Try 0 - 8
N. Gusto scores for Biggleswade
1:00 Penalty 0 - 3
N. Gusto kicks a penalty for Biggleswade
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Biggleswade
  • 0
  • N. Gusto Penalty 1:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 3:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 4:00'
  • Mickey Drake Try 6:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 7:00'
  • Albert Tayedzerwa Sub On 15:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 23:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 28:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 29:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 38:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 39:00'
  • David Sharp Sub On 39:00'
  • N. Gusto Penalty 43:00'
  • Will Nelson Sub On 53:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 60:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 61:00'
  • Peter Fahey Try 70:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 71:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 73:00'

Team selection

Blackley, Jack Blackley, Jack
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Watts, Thomas Watts, Thomas
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Edwards, Gabriel Edwards, Gabriel
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Thompson, Ross Thompson, Ross
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Hyde, Dan Hyde, Dan
Biggleswade
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League table

# 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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