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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Coalville
M Drake (2), C Williams, J Naylor, J Meadows, P Ashbridge, O Bartlett
Tries
P Ashbridge (7)
Conversions
P Ashbridge (2)
Penalties
N Gusto, N Gusto
Sat 8 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Blistering start to the new campaign

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Bulls blow visitors away with tremendous display

Playing at their highest ever league level, St. Ives made a statement of intent with a tremendous performance in their first competitive outing of 2018/19. Excellent pre-season preparation led by coaches John Naylor and Paul Ashbridge meant the Ives were quietly confident in the preceding days.
The hosts started at a blistering pace, rocking Coalville back on their heels and penning them in their own 22. Rustiness meant a couple of chances were not converted until a penalty was conceded by Coalville allowing Ashbridge to open the scoring.
Minutes later, tommy newman rode a tackle and planted the ball on the line. Sadly the referee was unsighted and no try was awarded.
Coalville defended stoutly until a moment of individual brilliance by Mickey Drake saw him dance his way past countless defenders to score.
Ives continued to play expansively, but a misplaced pass allowed Coalville territory and possession. The visitors applied immense pressure, but found no way past Ives defence. Twice they crossed the line. The first time they were held up, the second was scratched off for a block in midfield.
Coalville were finally rewarded with a penalty.
From the kick off, Ives regained possession. The ball was whipped to Drake who took a much more direct route to the line for his second.
Coalville were still game, but could still find no way through. One more penalty was converted, half time 17-6.
The second half saw Coalville overwhelmed. An immediate penalty stretched the lead.
George Peacock ran a kick back aggressively. A delightful offload saw Jack Blackley released down the wing. A perfect draw and pass to the supporting debutant Chris Williams
completed the score.
Shortly after, a bullocking run by Chris Williams in centre field put Ives on the front foot again. Great hands saw Josh Meadows breach the defence and put Naylor in under the posts.
Coalville’s frustration was palpable. Some injudicious use of the boot on prone Bull Ollie Bartlett saw a penalty on Ives line reversed.
The visitors continued to attack, but eye catching defence from the likes of Matt Wood, Duncan Williams and all kept them out.
Losing possession in contact, the visiting 18 saw red following a Glasgow kiss with Drake.
The Bulls’ next try was testament to their defence. Suffocating Coalville’s efforts with the ball, they pushed them back. A ball was knocked on in midfield and the alert Meadows gathered it and scampered through to score.
From the kick off, Drake turned provider as he put Blackley through a gap. Once again drawing in the last defender, Blackley put Ashbridge in.
Coalville fought hard in the last quarter, which remained scoreless until the last play of the game. From a scrum in their own half, Ives played the ball slickly through the hands, finally rewarding the indefatigable Bartlett with a try.
Ashbridge missed no kicks all day.
A delighted Bartlett stated, “We have put a marker down and set ourselves a high standard to live up to already. Scoring the tries we did was great. Even better was keeping Coalville try-less. We’ll all be down again on Tuesday to prepare for next week’s derby.”

Michael Drake

Player of the Match

Michael Drake

Key moments

14:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00
Try Michael Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
21:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
29:00
Penalty N Gusto kicks a penalty for Coalville
30:00
Try Michael Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
33:00
Penalty N Gusto kicks a penalty for Coalville
42:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00
Try Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
56:00
Try John Naylor scores for St Ives (Midlands)
57:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
62:00
Try Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
63:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
79:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
79:59
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Michael Drake is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
79:59 Conversion 55 - 6
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
79:00 Try 53 - 6
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
63:00 Conversion 48 - 6
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
62:00 Try 46 - 6
Paul Ashbridge scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Conversion 41 - 6
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Try 39 - 6
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Sub On
Joseph Cox is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00 Red Card
N Gusto is sent off for Coalville
57:00 Conversion 34 - 6
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
56:00 Try 32 - 6
John Naylor scores for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00 Conversion 27 - 6
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00 Try 25 - 6
Christian Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
45:00 Missed Penalty
N Gusto misses a penalty for Coalville
42:00 Penalty 20 - 6
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
40:00 Sub On
Christian Williams is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
38:00 Missed Penalty
N Gusto misses a penalty for Coalville
33:00 Penalty 17 - 6
N Gusto kicks a penalty for Coalville
31:00 Conversion 17 - 3
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00 Try 15 - 3
Michael Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
29:00 Penalty 10 - 3
N Gusto kicks a penalty for Coalville
21:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
20:00 Try 8 - 0
Michael Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
14:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Coalville
  • 0
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 14:00'
  • Michael Drake Try 20:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 21:00'
  • N Gusto Penalty 29:00'
  • Michael Drake Try 30:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 31:00'
  • N Gusto Penalty 33:00'
  • Christian Williams Sub On 40:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 42:00'
  • Christian Williams Try 50:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 51:00'
  • John Naylor Try 56:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 57:00'
  • N Gusto Red Card 58:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 60:00'
  • Joseph Cox Sub On 60:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 61:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Try 62:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 63:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 79:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 79:59'

Team selection

Peacock, George Peacock, George
Blackley, Jack Blackley, Jack
Henly, Alex Henly, Alex
Ashbridge, Paul Ashbridge, Paul
young, jonathan young, jonathan
Drake, Michael Drake, Michael
Naylor, John Naylor, John
Meadows, Josh Meadows, Josh
Bartlett, Ollie Bartlett, Ollie
Tuckwood, Sam Tuckwood, Sam
Wood, Matt Wood, Matt
Williams, Duncan Williams, Duncan
Sharp, David Sharp, David
newman, tommy newman, tommy
Hyde, Dan Hyde, Dan
Coalville
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Olney 22 96
2. Market Harborough 22 91
3. St Ives (Midlands) 22 77
4. Belgrave 22 67
5. Coalville 22 63
6. Bugbrooke 22 60
7. Long Buckby 22 46

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