Sat 21
Abingdon
5
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3
League
1st XV
Penalties
C Watkins
Abingdon 5 Bletchley 3

Abingdon 5 Bletchley 3

By Oliver Whitmore
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Tough battle in the sweltering heat!


Bletchley travelled away to a confident Abingdon side on an unusually warm September weekend.
Abingdon kicked off. The opening exchanges were tense, with neither side able to gain significant possession or territory. The Bletchley defence looked to repeat the heroics of the previous week with aggressive hits from Callum Hudson and Harry Needham, along with a timely turnover from Jordan Murray halting an Abingdon attack.

Sensible kicking by Cameron Watkins advanced Bletchley into the Abingdon 22. A strong scrum from the Bletchley pack resulted in a penalty infringement and a successful penalty kick.

Abingdon 0-3 Bletchley.

The restart allowed Abingdon into the Bletchley half with a line break by the Abingdon fly half proving decisive, coupled with slick off load, this set the Abingdon winger free who finished smartly in the corner.

Half time Abingdon 5-3 Bletchley.

Bletchley looked to increase the intensity by introducing substitutes Josh Sprules and Alex Easton, with the latter producing heavy carries in midfield. Along with direct carries from forwards Peter Denton and Alan Briggs, this allowed Bletchley to build momentum. An Abingdon knock on resulted in a scrum outside their 22. Another powerful drive by the Bletchley pack was again rewarded with a penalty. The kick was unfortunately unsuccessful.

Both sides proved evenly matched with the major talking point coming in the 64th minute. With Bletchley in possession, an attempted tackle resulted in a lengthy stoppage due a head injury to the Abingdon centre. The referee having deemed this as dangerous play subsequently sin binned Aaron Hughes to the confusion of those in attendance.

The decision only furthered the resolve of the Bletchley XIV who remained resolute in defence keeping Abingdon at bay.

Full time: Abingdon 5-3 Bletchley

MOM -Alex Easton

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Match details

Match date

Sat 21, Sep 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Competition

Wadworth 6X Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier

League position

1
Abingdon
5
Bletchley
Alex Easton

Player of the match

Alex Easton