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1st XV - Match centre

St Ives (Midlands)
Huntingdon & District
J Meadows, O Bartlett (2), O Raine, P Fahey, D Williams, t newman, M Drake, M Baldwin
Tries
N Gusto, N Gusto, N Gusto
P Ashbridge (8)
Conversions
N Gusto
P Ashbridge
Penalties
Sat 5 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 East (South) Full time

Bulls start the new year with a bang

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Second half performance delights the large crowd in a match of 12 tries

A splendid lunch attended by luminaries from both clubs preceded an equally splendid game for the hosts. The pitch was looking in great nick sporting its new livery, for which thanks go to sponsors NKT Financial Solutions and Mick George for the posts and scoreboard respectively.
As was to be expected, the game between the local rivals was a tense, cagey affair in the opening exchanges. Both sides were determined to stifle opposition attacks. Both sides had chances out wide, but the ball was held close and they went begging.
Bar one penalty from the dependable boot of Paul Ashbridge, there was no threat to either try line until the 25th minute. This despite Stags playing with 14 men for ten minutes after skipper Roger Shakespeare had been carded for a tackle offence.
It was finally the Bulls who trusted their hands enough to break the deadlock. The bane of the oppositions’ lives Duncan Williams smashed through the Stags defensive line. The ball went through multiple hands and finally found Josh Meadows who dotted down to score.
On the half hour, Ives were applying pressure. Stags were penalised in front. Having gained the ascendancy in the set piece, the Bulls chose to scrummage. A delightful back row move saw John Naylor put skipper Ollie Bartlett through to score.
The Ives were beginning to enjoy themselves and started to move the ball better. A slick set of hands released Will Nelson who sprinted to within a metre of the try line. Desperate defence kept him out during which Nelson suffered an injury ending his part in the match.
From a scrum restart 5 metres out, Stags were ferociously driven off their own ball and marched back to their line for Ollie Raine to dot down for the Bulls.
With Ashbridge having added all the conversions, the scoreboard glowed 24-0 in the gloom.
From the kick off, Raine was taken out in the air and somewhat fortunate not to suffer injury. The offending player was shown yellow.
Being a man down again galvanised the visitors into action. They kicked well for territory and pounded the Ives line. Three penalties were conceded close in. Thrice Stags went to the corner and a lineout. Finally, they breached the Ives defence and opened their account on the stroke of half time.
Half time 24-7.
Again, Ives could not make the extra man count for the sin bin period. Again, as soon as the player returned, the Bulls stepped up a gear to score.
Having attacked the Stags’ line, the ball was lost forward. The now totally dominant Bulls pack anchored by props Josh Dear and tommy newman, shunted their opposition off their own ball. Quickly recycled ball saw Bartlett over for his second and the team’s bonus point try.
Almost immediately followed one of the tries of the match. Well protected primary possession was whipped wide by Mickey Drake and Ashbridge, with Alex Henly running a tremendous line through the visiting defence. Sprinting fully 50 metres, he superbly drew the full back wide and popped the ball back to the supporting Pete Fahey who scored under the posts.
With the game effectively over, Huntingdon summoned great spirit to launch their own series of attacks, keeping the Ives penned on their own line. The hosts could only prevent a score via a series of offences. Having received a team warning, Martin Baldwin suffered for being offside and took ten minutes on the touchline. Stags were able to make the extra man count and scored immediately from the resultant lineout.
The next 8 minutes saw the Ives play some of the best attacking rugby. Despite being a man short, they ran the ball with great purpose and support from all angles.
From a lineout, a training ground move saw the defence part like the Red Sea allowing Duncan Williams to crash through for a score.
With the ball being spun back and forth, patience was again rewarded when Newman picked the ball up off his toes to complete a superb team try.
And after another series of defence splitting runs, Drake was the man to dash through and score.
Baldwin was keen to make amends for his misdemeanour and busied himself with ball in hand on his return. The Ives pack battered the line, Baldwin finally arcing to score close to the posts. Ashbridge’s fine day continued as he added his eighth conversion.
With the game done and dusted, the Ives defence could perhaps be forgiven for relaxing as the time elapsed. With the clock in the red, some good driving runs of their own gave the visitors the final word as they scored in the left hand corner.
Skipper Bartlett was a very happy man after the game. “That was a great performance to start the second half of the season and backed up the excellent training effort the lads put in during the week. If we want to succeed, we’ll need to forget this and do the same to prepare for the next fixture. After a few beers to celebrate this evening, of course.”

Ollie Bartlett

Player of the Match

Ollie Bartlett

Key moments

11:00
Penalty Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00
Try Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
35:00
Try Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
36:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
39:00
Try N Gusto scores for Huntingdon & District
39:30
Conversion N Gusto kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
47:00
Try Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00
Try Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
54:00
Try N Gusto scores for Huntingdon & District
58:00
Try Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00
Try tommy newman scores for St Ives (Midlands)
62:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
63:00
Try Michael Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
64:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00
Try Martin Baldwin scores for St Ives (Midlands)
71:00
Conversion Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
79:00
Try N Gusto scores for Huntingdon & District

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ollie Bartlett is awarded player of the match for St Ives (Midlands)
79:59 Missed Conversion
N Gusto misses a conversion for Huntingdon & District
79:00 Try 64 - 17
N Gusto scores for Huntingdon & District
71:00 Conversion 64 - 12
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
70:00 Try 62 - 12
Martin Baldwin scores for St Ives (Midlands)
65:00 Sub On
David Sharp is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
64:00 Conversion 57 - 12
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
63:00 Try 55 - 12
Michael Drake scores for St Ives (Midlands)
62:00 Conversion 50 - 12
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
61:00 Try 48 - 12
tommy newman scores for St Ives (Midlands)
60:00 Sub On
Christian Williams is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
59:00 Missed Conversion
Paul Ashbridge misses a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
58:00 Try 43 - 12
Duncan Williams scores for St Ives (Midlands)
55:00 Missed Conversion
N Gusto misses a conversion for Huntingdon & District
54:00 Try 38 - 12
N Gusto scores for Huntingdon & District
53:00 Yellow Card
Martin Baldwin is yellow carded for St Ives (Midlands)
51:00 Conversion 38 - 7
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
50:00 Try 36 - 7
Peter Fahey scores for St Ives (Midlands)
48:00 Conversion 31 - 7
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
47:00 Try 29 - 7
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
End of period 1
39:30 Conversion 24 - 7
N Gusto kicks a conversion for Huntingdon & District
39:00 Try 24 - 5
N Gusto scores for Huntingdon & District
37:00 Yellow Card
N Gusto is yellow carded for Huntingdon & District
36:00 Conversion 24 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
35:00 Try 22 - 0
Ollie Raine scores for St Ives (Midlands)
34:00 Sub On
Ben Fleming is substituted on for St Ives (Midlands)
31:00 Conversion 17 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
30:00 Try 15 - 0
Ollie Bartlett scores for St Ives (Midlands)
26:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a conversion for St Ives (Midlands)
25:00 Try 8 - 0
Josh Meadows scores for St Ives (Midlands)
12:00 Yellow Card
N Gusto is yellow carded for Huntingdon & District
11:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Paul Ashbridge kicks a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
7:00 Missed Penalty
Paul Ashbridge misses a penalty for St Ives (Midlands)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • St Ives (Midlands)
  • Huntingdon & District
  • 0
  • Paul Ashbridge Penalty 11:00'
  • N Gusto Yellow Card 12:00'
  • Josh Meadows Try 25:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 26:00'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 30:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 31:00'
  • Ben Fleming Sub On 34:00'
  • Ollie Raine Try 35:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 36:00'
  • N Gusto Yellow Card 37:00'
  • N Gusto Try 39:00'
  • N Gusto Conversion 39:30'
  • Ollie Bartlett Try 47:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 48:00'
  • Peter Fahey Try 50:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 51:00'
  • Martin Baldwin Yellow Card 53:00'
  • N Gusto Try 54:00'
  • Duncan Williams Try 58:00'
  • Christian Williams Sub On 60:00'
  • tommy newman Try 61:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 62:00'
  • Michael Drake Try 63:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 64:00'
  • David Sharp Sub On 65:00'
  • Martin Baldwin Try 70:00'
  • Paul Ashbridge Conversion 71:00'
  • N Gusto Try 79:00'

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10

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# 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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