Bletchley Ladies 34 - Wymondham Ladies 15
By Ian Nobes
Bletchley consolidate there position at top of league with bonus point win
Back to league matters this weekend, and Bletchley Ladies hosted Wymondham Ladies for their return match. Bletchley opened the match; their visitors took the catch and worked through their phases. A knock on, on the halfway line, gave Bletchley possession and, with the help of a couple of penalties for a high tackles, they pushed up to Wymondham’s line. A third penalty, with the ball taken as a quick tap, was moved along the line to Jodie Dimmock, who put it down for Bletchley’s first points, just five minutes into the game; 5 – 0.
Bletchley took possession from the restart, ran up, passed and then kicked down the field. Wymondham took the catch and set up a maul. This wasn’t used, giving Bletchley a scrum, but this was wasted with a penalty, opening things up for Wymondham. They kicked to touch and secured their line out, then another penalty from their hosts gave them a second line out. They pushed up to the 22, then recycled well to move up to the line. Just 6 minutes after Bletchley’s try, their visitors evened things up; 5 – 5.
Wymondham took the ball from the restart, then play moved back and forth between the two teams for a while; eventually Wymondham pushed up and took advantage of a couple of penalties to take the next points, still unconverted; 5 – 10.
Wymondham again took the ball from the kick, then gave a penalty to give Bletchley an opening. They pushed up to within 5m, then had another penalty awarded and opted to take a scrum. Liv Pulfer picked the ball from the back, then after a couple of phases Betty Susova drove it in hard and set up another ruck close to the line. The ladies recycled the ball patiently, looking for an opening to get it over the line. Finally a big drive from a ruck propelled Jodie Denton over the line. This time Rachael Taylor’s boot was true to take Bletchley ahead; 12 – 10. Despite both teams’ best efforts, there was no further score before half time.
Having made hard work of the first half, Bletchley ran back on for the second half looking determined. It took just two minutes for them to put their next points on the sheet, with a try from Caroline Collie, run in from the halfway line. Taylor added the extras; 19 -10.
Wymondham’s restart kick didn’t go 10, so Bletchley had a scrum on the halfway line. They knocked on, reversing the honours to their visitors who secured possession, passed the ball out and then set up a maul. Bletchley drove hard in defence and prevented them using it, winning a scrum. Play was still in Bletchley’s half, but the ladies soon changed this. They worked the ball into their visitor’s territory, then put in a strong run nearly up to the 22. An offside advantage after a ruck didn’t develop, so Bletchley kicked to touch, secured their line out, passed along the line, recycling well on the way, till Taylor found an opening to take the next points; 24 – 10.
Taylor took the next try too; the ladies secured the restart ball and passed along the line. Collie ran it up, then the ladies continued to work the ball, before knocking on. Wymondham took the scrum and started to move play out of their end, only to knock on themselves. Bletchley pushed up to the 22, then a ruck went dead, giving Bletchley a scrum. A series of penalties were played to advantage, but finally no advantage was accrued; Emma Lucey opted to tap and pass, then the ladies continued to rework the phases till Taylor put the ball down to secure the ladies’ bonus point; 29 – 10.
With just over 20 minutes still to play, there was time for more. Wymondham restarted with a short kick, just making 10 – they chased and knocked on, giving Bletchley a scrum, just in their own half. They passed the ball through the hands, then a missed pass rolled into touch, giving their visitors the line out. Bletchley misjudged the timing of their jump, giving Wymondham a free kick; they opted to kick to touch, giving the honours back to their hosts, just on their own 22! Bletchley moved play up, tapped the ball over followed by a strong chase. Wymondham just got there first, but they knocked on, so Bletchley had a scrum, metres into their half. They drove play hard, gaining territory all the time. A run from Dimmock was then popped out to Steph Craig, who put it down in the corner to take the score to 34 – 10.
Wymondham were not ready to throw in the towel and continued to compete. Bletchley initially took possession, pushing back to try and open the score margin further. An intercepted pass allowed their visitors to take back lost ground, and they pushed up strongly. A penalty gave Bletchley respite, which they kicked to touch on the halfway line. They moved into Wymondham’s end, then gave a penalty themselves. Wymondham kicked to touch, just outside Bletchley’s 22. They took the catch at the back of the line and continued to put their hosts under pressure. Bletchley fought back, forcing ruck after ruck, but Wymondham persisted, and eventually drove through Bletchley’s defence to take the last points of the match; 34 – 15.
The bonus point win has consolidated Bletchley Ladies’ position at the top of the table, opening the margin above Buckingham Swans (2nd place) to four points. However, it’s tight at the top of the league, with several teams in the running and fighting to take the top position. On Sunday the Ladies travel up to West Bridgford to continue their campaign, before returning to Moseley for their rescheduled match the following week.
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, email@example.com, or just turn up on Wednesday, with your boots, and see what we’re about.
1. Jodie Denton
2. Laura Hussey
3. Rachael Appleby
4. Lucy Draper
5. Amelia Lee
6. Isla Peters
7. Betty Susova
8. Liv Pulfer
9. Emma Lucey
10. Rae Taylor
11. Alex Sutton
12. Caroline Collie
13. Hannah Prescott
14. Steph Craig
15. Jodie Dimmock
16. Kass Carry
17. Verity Robinson
18. Claire Haines
19. Nicola Coaker
20. Amy-Leigh Bratley
21. Sarah Cartlidge
22. Cazz Kay