Sat 28
Northampton Old Scouts
1st XV
Northampton Old Scouts 5 Bedford Athletic 50

Northampton Old Scouts 5 Bedford Athletic 50

By Jeremy Tyrrell
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Bedford Athletic consolidated top spot in Midlands One East with a 50 points to 5 win at Northampton Old Scouts.

An 8 try win in awful weather conditions was reward for a strong travelling support and in the first half in particular some of the scores were of high quality.

Bedford Athletic almost scored from the kick off when Tom Dolemore caught the ball and he was nearly driven over the line by the visiting pack with the unsighted referee eventually unable to award the try. The first ten minutes were an even contest but when the Old Scouts backs dropped a clearance kick from James Mortimer in their own 22 Athletic were immediately able to attack from the scrum. David Simpson crashed the ball up in midfield, Dolemore carried the move on and from the next ruck scrum half Tom Orton sniped over for the opening try which James Mortimer converted on 13 minutes. Thereafter Bedford Athletic hit a purple patch scoring a further three tries in the next ten minutes. Nick Thomas was on hand to dive over at a ruck when Old Scouts had brought down a move just short of their line, Charlie Darlow literally smashed his way through the centre of the defence to score the third try under the posts, but the fourth and bonus point try was the best of the day. From a line out in their own half, Stephen Woodhead broke the defensive line and the backs carried the move on with excellent support play for the length of the pitch before Dolemore finished the score in the left hand corner. With Mortimer adding one further conversion in this period Bedford Athletic now led 24-0 with 22 minutes played. On the half hour mark the visitors once again exploited space down the right wing and when Woodhead was not able to make the line, flanker Josh Pearson was there in support to stroll over for the fifth try. Mortimer converted this effort and two more before half time. First Tommy Mills was on hand to finish off excellent driving play from the forwards and with the final move of the half Woodhead broke the line again following a line out and Bedford Athletic had a commanding 45-0 lead at half time.

The match took on a different complexion in the second half as the visitors were now playing into the teeth of a gale and the kicking game that had secured them so much territory and possession in the first period was no longer an option. Nevertheless Bedford Athletic did attack first in the second half but when the move was stopped short of the home line, Old Scouts were able to clear their lines and it was a long time before the visitors were able to regain the territory. In fact their game became much more error prone with hard yards being fought for and then often surrendered and it was sterling defence that kept their line intact. That line was eventually breached when an ill judged kick out of defence fell straight into the hands of the home pack and although it appeared Bedford Athletic had weathered the subsequent scrum, Old Scouts turned the ball over once more this time to score down the left wing in the 64th minute. The visitors stuck to their task and were rewarded in the final minutes of the game when they drove over the home pack at a scrummage in their own half and Andy Ince capped a man of the match performance as the most dominant forward on the pitch by driving hard into the home defence before the backs were released once more, Tommy Mills making the ground before Darlow finished the move off with the final try of the game.

Bedford Athletic maintain a six point lead at the top of the table before the visit of Old Laurentians to Putnoe Wood this Saturday at 2.15pm.

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Sat 28, Nov 2015




Midlands 1 East