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1st XV - Match centre

Stewarts & Lloyds
St Ives (Midlands)
N Gusto, N Gusto
Tries
P Ashbridge, B Robinson, J Dear (2), A Henly
N Gusto
Conversions
P Ashbridge (3)
Penalties
P Ashbridge
Sat 1 Dec 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

St. Ives maintain discipline to crush feisty opposition

Great team performance takes away hosts’ home record

The Bulls travelled to Corby with some late changes to an already reshuffled side knowing that Stewarts & Lloyds would provide a stern test. The season’s results show the home side clearly focus their attention on their home matches, but their proud record was to be undone by a performance demonstrating that Ives plans have permeated the ranks.
Playing down the slope and with the wind, S&L applied pressure from the kick off. Evergreen Jim Robinson was in the thick of the action, making three crunching tackles in the early stages. Paul Ashbridge was in his element with some superb crucial turnovers and Alex Henly completed the combative midfield with some wall-like defence. Adam Scott was also making important interventions on the flank.
Ives broke the siege as Duncan Williams thundered through a gap and took the play to the opposition 22. S&L offended and Ashbridge slotted the penalty to take the lead.
The Bulls began to play with more continuity, but a couple of daft penalties gave the hosts the opportunity to kick for the corner. From the resultant lineout, the home side trundled the ball up and squeezed over in the corner.
Once again, Ives made their way upfield against the elements. A delightful multi-phase attack with Josh Meadows taking good lines through gaps, saw the defence finally split and Ashbridge dart through to complete a fine team try.
S&L upped the ante to gain another foothold on the Ives line. A good lineout execution saw them wrap round and finally breach the line for a converted try.
As the break approached, Ives gained a penalty directly in front of the posts. Eschewing the kick, and with props Bradley Robinson and Josh Dear confident, they opted for a scrum. The wily home tight head managed to convince the arbiter that Ives had offended and the chance was lost.
Turning round with the score 12-8, it became apparent that the hosts had expected a larger buffer and their frustration was compounded by the absence of a forward in the bin.
Ives were quick to take advantage and re-took the lead with another fine try. Working the ball between forwards and backs, Bradley Robinson crashed over.
S&L were penned in their own half, but kept Ives out until the final quarter when their discipline totally deserted them. Conceding yet another penalty close in, John Naylor took a quick tap. The ball was transferred hither and thither until Josh Dear spotted a tiny gap and bulldozed through. Ashbridge had found his range and kicked the conversion.
S&L had decided on alternative tactics, and as Naylor was flattened with the ball already at outside centre, another yellow was brandished.
Ives kept the ball in hand, the returning Matt Wood and Stuart James enjoying themselves in open play along with skipper Ollie Bartlett.
An unusual foray into Ives’ territory was turned over yet again by Ashbridge. Another S&L player took exception in an unfortunate manner and was carded.
With the hosts down to 13, more space was available and Albiee Tayedzerwa and Ben Fleming made runs from the back to regain ground for the Bulls.
The pressure finally told after Ives kicked to the corner. Patient play saw Dear cap a good personal performance with his second and the Bulls’ bonus point try. Ashbridge converted.
With ten minutes remaining the game got a little fractious, but Ives discipline was superb. Scenting more scores, they played with good structure. Henly, sporting a nose stuffed with cotton wool after an early clash of heads with his teammate Tommy Newman, still had enough breath to sprint for the line after a good build up. Again converted.
The game was sensibly ended a little early by the official, who handled his difficult work well in the last quarter, when another unsavoury incident occurred, leaving winger Greg Dale with a gash to his head, fortunately mended with no concussive effects.
Skipper Bartlett was delighted with his team’s showing. “We’ve come away and taken 5 points from a difficult match. The performance of all the guys stepping in was great.”
Brown added, “The lads can be really pleased and proud of that performance. They faced some challenges later in the game and showed tremendous discipline to continue playing the rugby they did to gain their just deserts.”

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Bradley Robinson

Player of the Match

Bradley Robinson

Key moments

15:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
23:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Stewarts & Lloyds
30:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
34:00
Try N. Gusto scores for Stewarts & Lloyds
35:00
Conversion N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Stewarts & Lloyds
43:00
Try Bradley Robinson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00
Try Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Try Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00
Try Alex Henly scores for St Ives (Midlands)
77:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Bradley Robinson is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
77:00 Conversion 12 - 34
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
76:00 Try 12 - 32
Alex Henly scores for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00 Conversion 12 - 27
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Try 12 - 25
Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
Tom Riches is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
64:00 Yellow Card
N. Gusto is yellow carded for Stewarts & Lloyds
58:00 Conversion 12 - 20
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00 Try 12 - 18
Josh Dear scores for St Ives (Midlands)
46:00 Yellow Card
N. Gusto is yellow carded for Stewarts & Lloyds
44:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
43:00 Try 12 - 13
Bradley Robinson scores for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
38:00 Yellow Card
N. Gusto is yellow carded for Stewarts & Lloyds
35:00 Conversion 12 - 8
N. Gusto kicks a conversion for Stewarts & Lloyds
34:00 Try 10 - 8
N. Gusto scores for Stewarts & Lloyds
34:00 Sub On
Rick Peters is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00 Try 5 - 8
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
24:00 Missed Conversion
N. Gusto misses a conversion for Stewarts & Lloyds
23:00 Try 5 - 3
N. Gusto scores for Stewarts & Lloyds
15:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
6:00 Sub On
Stuart James is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Stewarts & Lloyds
  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • 0
  • Stuart James Sub On 6:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 15:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 23:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 30:00'
  • Rick Peters Sub On 34:00'
  • N. Gusto Try 34:00'
  • N. Gusto Conversion 35:00'
  • N. Gusto Yellow Card 38:00'
  • Bradley Robinson Try 43:00'
  • N. Gusto Yellow Card 46:00'
  • Josh Dear Try 57:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 58:00'
  • N. Gusto Yellow Card 64:00'
  • Tom Riches Sub On 65:00'
  • Josh Dear Try 70:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 71:00'
  • Alex Henly Try 76:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 77:00'

Team selection

Fleming, Ben Fleming, Ben
Tayedzerwa, Albert Tayedzerwa, Albert
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
Dale, Gregory Dale, Gregory
Robinson, Jim Robinson, Jim
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Scott, Adam Scott, Adam
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Dear, Josh Dear, Josh
Newman, Tommy Newman, Tommy
Robinson, Bradley Robinson, Bradley
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# Team Pl Pts
1. Olney 9 39
2. Market Harborough 9 39
3. St Ives (Midlands) 9 36
4. Belgrave 9 31
5. Coalville 9 27
6. Stewarts & Lloyds 9 24
7. Bugbrooke 9 23

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