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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Dunstablians
M Wood, J Naylor, P Fahey, O Bartlett
Tries
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
P Ashbridge (3)
Conversions
N Gusto
Penalty Try
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 3 East (South) Full time

Curate’s egg* of a performance ends on a high note for the Bulls

Bulls stretch lead at the top of the table to keep century target alive

St. Ives were pleased to be playing on the Clubhouse pitch at Somersham Road for the first time in many months. With the prevailing wind in their faces, Ives faced a determined and spirited Dunstablians side that had come to spoil the party for the onlooking crowd of vice presidents and guests.
Dees started the better and kept the Ives on the back foot. Unusually twitchy, Ives were finding it difficult to keep passes to hand. The Dees 10 pinned Ives back with some raking kicks to the touchline.
After quarter of an hour, a mighty Garryowen was not dealt with at the back by the Bulls. The ball bounced into the arms of the onrushing winger, who released his teammate to give the visitors the first score.
As has oft been the tale this season, the Ives forwards began to put the pressure on their opponents. Duncan Williams began to batter the Dunstablians midfield with some excellent carries. The odd half break was coming to naught, however, as chances went begging on the fringes.
The breakthrough came after Ives turned over the visitors scrum and made ground to their opponents 22. Another scrum followed and great support play off the back finally saw the returning new-Dad Matt Wood score. Paul Ashbridge stepped up to convert.
Immediately from the kick off, Dees were back in front. The ball was not claimed by the hosts, allowing the Dees pack to recover the ball and drive forward. It was all of twenty seconds from the restart before they were over the Bulls line again. This time the effort was converted.
Ives were shaken back in to action and began a series of phases that brought reward. Mickey Drake heard the call from Josh Dear, whose incisive line in midfield took him deep into the visitors’ 22. A simple draw and pass saw the ball end up with John Naylor who dotted down untouched to complete a superb try. Ashbridge converted for Ives to regain the lead.
Dunstablians had one more opportunity in the half with a lineout close in. Stout defence meant they were penalised for not releasing and the danger was averted.
Half time 14-12.
Needing to look after the ball better Ives started the second half well with the slope and breeze now in their favour. Unfortunately, a mistimed tackle by Dear saw yellow.
Despite being a man down, Ives were still looking to run with ball in hand. Against the run of play a forced pass on the outside was intercepted by the Dees winger who outpaced the scrambling defence to score in the corner.
There followed a period of frustration for the home players as they could not find a way to adjust to the breakdown officiating. The penalty count began to mount against them, keeping them in their own half.
Dees could find no way through the good Ives defence, with Alex Henly and Ashbridge prominent with some thumping tackles. Finally a turnover led to decent possession and Ives finally broke into the visitors’ half. The ball was swept across the park and Pete Fahey was able to crash over by the corner flag. Ashbridge slotted an excellent conversion from the touchline.
It was still not plain sailing for the Ives as penalties were still being shipped, one leading to a ten minute rest for Jack Blackley.
Williams was again to the fore as Ives finally asserted themselves on their tiring opponents. A penalty was put to the corner. Ives had their opponents under pressure. From a passage following a scrum, Ollie Bartlett was held up over the line.
The Dees pack offended to keep out the first surge. Ives chose to reset the scrum. To his disappointment at number 8, Josh Meadows progress to the line was halted as Dees collapsed the scrum. But, the arbiter did not hesitate to award a penalty bonus-point-securing try.
Finally relaxing, Ives began to move the ball with some of the fluidity they have shown throughout the season. As the ball was transferred hither and thither, Bartlett was on hand for the final pass and scored the last points of the game.
From the sidelines, coach Brown summarised, “That was a messy game, from which we are happy to have emerged with the five points. We scored some great tries, but in between allowed ourselves to get frustrated and as a result went a bit off script. We’ll look forward to Rushden’s visit next week as we try to reach three figures of points.”
*”The curate’s egg was good and bad in parts” ;-)

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Duncan Williams

Player of the Match

Duncan Williams

Key moments

14:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Dunstablians
25:00
Try Matt Wood scores for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00
Try John Naylor scores for St Ives (Midlands)
32:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
33:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Dunstablians
34:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Dunstablians
47:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Dunstablians
57:00
Try Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
78:00
Try Ollie Bartlett 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)
79:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
78:00 Try 31 - 17
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
69:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Yellow Card
Jack Blackley is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands)
59:00 Sub On
Michael Wright is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00 Conversion 21 - 17
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00 Try 19 - 17
Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Dunstablians
47:00 Try 14 - 17
N. Gusto scores for Dunstablians
45:00 Sub On
David Sharp is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Yellow Card
Josh Dear is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands)
40:00 Sub On
Ben Fleming is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
34:00 Conversion 14 - 12
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Dunstablians
33:00 Try 14 - 10
N. Gusto scores for Dunstablians
32:00 Conversion 14 - 5
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00 Try 12 - 5
John Naylor scores for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00 Conversion 7 - 5
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00 Try 5 - 5
Matt Wood scores for St Ives (Midlands)
15:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Dunstablians
14:00 Try 0 - 5
N. Gusto scores for Dunstablians
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Dunstablians
  • 0
  • N. Gusto Try 14:00'
  • Matt Wood Try 25:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 26:00'
  • John Naylor Try 31:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 32:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 33:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 34:00'
  • Ben Fleming Sub On 40:00'
  • Josh Dear Yellow Card 43:00'
  • David Sharp Sub On 45:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 47:00'
  • Peter Fahey Try 57:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 58:00'
  • Michael Wright Sub On 59:00'
  • Jack Blackley Yellow Card 61:00'
  • Penalty Try 69:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 78:00'

Team selection

Blackley, Jack Blackley, Jack
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Fahey, Peter Fahey, Peter
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Drake, Mickey Drake, Mickey
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Cornwell, Stuart Cornwell, Stuart
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Scott, Adam Scott, Adam
Hyde, Dan Hyde, Dan
Dunstablians
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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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