Old Leamingtonians Ladies 14 Bletchley Ladies 44
By Ian Nobes
Bletchley Ladies find their form against their old time rivals Old Leams Ladies.
Sunday, 14th October 2018: Old Leamingtonian Ladies 14 – Bletchley Ladies 44
Having had a hard start to the season, Bletchley ladies were determined to step things up this week. The opening minutes showed this beautifully. They took possession from their opening kick, moved the ball through the hands, worked their way down the pitch and took the first points, less than two minutes in, courtesy of Caroline Collie and Rachael Taylor; 0 – 7. Three minutes later, Old Leams came back to even the score, showing they were not going to just roll over and let Bletchley have it all their own way.
Bletchley came straight back at them, kicking deep for the restart. Leams gathered the loose ball and ran up, only to knock on after a strong tackle from Clare Stacey. The ref played advantage, and Bletchley made full use of this, pushing up on the Leams line. A loose ball at a ruck gave Leams a chance, but Alex Sutton quickly secured it and set up another ruck. The ball passed out through the hands to Collie, who put it over the line; 7 – 12.
The Leams restart kick was short, but Kass Carry took it anyway and pushed up. The ladies worked the ball up the pitch, passing and recycling well. The team try was finished off by Collie to take the points on to 7 – 17. The next restart was short too, taken again by Carry, and they were off again. A loose ball down the pitch was safely gathered by Emma Lucey, then progress continued. Leams defended hard and slowed progress, but they couldn’t stop it. 25 minutes into the game and Bletchley opened the gap further to 7 – 22, with a try from Jodie Dimmock.
The next try, four minutes later, was popped down by Lucey (7 – 27), followed by a try from Rachael Taylor, who’s boot also added the extras (7 – 34), with the final points of the half being taken by Stacey, backing up Collie beautifully in her break from deep in Bletchley’s territory. Leams caught Collie 10m out, but she offloaded to Stacey who was right on her shoulder, taking the score to 7 – 39 at the end of the first half.
Old Leams came back from the break full of determination. There was nothing to choose between the sides and they both pushed and defended out of their skins. Eventually, Leams’ determination paid off and they took the next points to take them to double figures, after battling for 35 minutes; 14 – 39. Just to show they hadn’t lost their touch, in the last play of the game Stacey took another try to close the game at 14 – 44. What a match!
Bletchley Ladies are a friendly, welcoming squad who train at Manor Fields on a Wednesday night, 7.00 – 8.30pm. They play hard, both on and off the pitch! We are always open to new recruits, whatever level you play at. If you think you’d like to be involved with this successful squad, come along and give us a try. For further information, contact Sally Peters, firstname.lastname@example.org, or just turn up on Wednesday, with your boots, and see what we’re about.