Sat 12
Academy U18 Colts
Bedford Athletic U18
C Garwood
Bedford too strong for scratch Tows

Bedford too strong for scratch Tows

By Mark Austin
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Bedford Athletic Blues put in a strong performance to beat a defiant Tows Colts 3-41

Towcestrians we're missing a number of key Players for what was always going to be a tough challenge against Bedford. The front row were joined by U16 Alex Pittaway who did a stalwart job at hooker throughout the game; flanker Charlie Wilkins stepped into a vacant centre slot and Cam Young joined on the wing from the U17s. Despite the makeshift look of the team, the forwards battled hard though out and competed well in all aspects of the game with notably strong defence performances put in by George Raven, Ali Haynes and Jake Bates. The backs had rare attacking chances in the first half, when Bedford inflicted most of their damage, finishing a 3 -26 at the break, Callum Garwood having struck a penalty in the 10th minute.

Just before the break Callum Garwood and Cameron Cunningham came off injured which left the team resembling the type of line up only seen when on tour. George Gardner took control of the backs at fly half and flanker Ben Wileman fulfilled a lifelong ambition to play on the wing. The pack was bolstered by two further U16s Rowan Griggs on the flank and Kallum (Cheese) Pegano at prop both equitting themselves well in their Colts debut,. Flanker Ben Sowden also came on for his first game of the season.

In the face of adversity, in the guise of a very sharp Bedford half back combination Tows seemed to increase their defensive intensity during the second half spearheaded by Giles Tudor Price, they by no mean rolled over and managed to frustrate a Bedford riot. The second half saw three tries conceded early on, but in the final quarter Tows held their line, despite George Gardner hobbling off, leaving three forwards in the backs. A well drilled, strong Bedford Team had played a tight and attacking game inflicting a convincing defeat on a spirited and developing Tows side. Final score 3-41.

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Sat 12, Oct 2013




South League