Newbury III 46 v Tadley Bandits 10
A hard nights work in the spotlight.
The bandits entered this fixture with some trepidation against the unbeaten league leaders, with some help from the 2s they were able to get a full side out with subs but as soon as the game kicked off it became obvious it was going to be a case of defending for their lives just to keep the score reasonable against a very strong side. In fact some of the 2's guys who played in the pre-season friendly against Newbury 2s said this was a stronger team than that evening, they certainly have an enviable amount of strength indepth.
Newbury scored regularly as we were constantly reminded by their gleeful PA announcer. we really need to get one of these for Tadley, though the bandits aren't know for high scoring so may not be much to do for an announcer but we could mention what Ales are on at the bar and traffic reports .
Tadley were living off scraps but did score 2 good tries, Mark Davies back from a long injury lay off and filling in at 10 showed good line speed to disrupt the Newbury backs and gather a loss ball for a run in. Mougly then had a strong run in the centres to barge over and it was only 24-10 at the break.
Newbury used their powerful forwards to continue their dominance after the break it wasnt pretty to watch but very effective,their 1at team prop playing at 8 used his strenght to score a hat trick.Tadley battled bravely all night and the youngsters really still out Oscor & Matt Stewart showing up well in attack and defence but the stand out was young colt Cameron McDonald who tackled brilliantly all night.
Bandit of the Match - Cameron McDonald
Bandits- Nicey, Charlie N, JOrdon, Mougly,nicely jr, cam, Mark d, sealy, pie, rhys, robin, bosh, Mike j, louis, oli, Rick o, Matt s, oscor