Sat 28
Bletchley
28
-
27
League
Wheatley 1st XV
Tries
J Hook (2), J Atkinson , M Ridge
Conversions
A Laman (2)
Penalties
A Laman
Wheatley Loose out to Bletchley

Wheatley Loose out to Bletchley

By Simon Chadbone
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Set piece domination as Wheatley go down 28-27


Wheatley got off to the best possible start with a Jordan Hook try after some simple phase play with the forwards rounding the corner and occupying the defence and creating space for the backs to operate, moving the ball out wide for Hook to go over in the corner with the conversion missed Wheatley took first blood 0-5

Bletchley now seemingly awake looked to strike back in immediate fashion trucked the ball up the midfield despite great defensive work the official adjudged the ball not to have been beyond the back foot and the subsequent penalty got the home side off the mark 3-5

Wheatley continued to dominate play with strong running and effective ruck play moving the ball well, the set piece functioning well and making the gainline. More pressure from Wheatley drew Bletchley in to concede a penalty, Arron Laman placed the ball neatly in the corner, the subsequent line out produced the moment of the game with a well executed line out Jack Atkinson crashed over in the corner 3-10 conversion missed

More of the same from Wheatley saw the defence begin to open up with strong running from several players to get beyond the defensive line, eventually Michael Ridge bursting through the defensive line to glide in unopposed with Aaron Laman adding the conversion 3-17.

Bletchley hit bak with a try of their own before half time keeping them in touching distance at the break 13-17

After the break Bletchley came out with more purpose and Wheatley seemingly playing a loser game without so much attention to detail at the breakdown, subsequently Bletchley were granted more possession and were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over throughout the second half.

One low point saw Bletchley awarded a penalty try for an alleged offside despite Caillin Taylor coming from behind the try line to make the challenge this saw Wheatley go down to 14 men for 10 minutes, 19-17

Wheatley were up against the pump for the sin bin period and subsequently lost the lead for the first time in the match 23-17.

With Wheatley back to full strength and simplifying play the purple men were able to get back into their stride and were awarded a penalty in kicking range with Aaron Laman getting Wheatley bak in touching distance 23-20

Wheatley continued to press and were rewarded with a second converted Jordan Hook Try after some neat forward and back interplay, 23-27

Bletchley had the last say on the scoreboard with another converted try 28-27

Wheatley had one last roll of the dice having found themselves deep in the corner the subsequent line out was deemed to have taken too long an the ref blew his whistle for time.

Some great individual performances throughout the side and a special nod to those players on debut, Wheatley have to learn to make better decisions when in possession of the ball to frequently we give the ball up cheaply with out the ball we are just defenders we are so much more than that we need to keep the ball in hand and dominate possession constantly throughout the game and play in the right areas, set piece was phenomenal throughout this fixture and Bletchley will have some aching bodies after a gruelling demolition on their scrum. they may also be thinking how can we have won a game where we have lost the upfront battle so comprehensively!

We move to next week taking the positives in to the Milton Keynes fixture and build from there.

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Match details

Match date

Sat 28, Sep 2019

Kickoff

15:00

Meet time

12:15

Instructions

Bus bus bus

Attendance

100

Competition

Wadworth 6X Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier

League position

3
Bletchley
9
Wheatley
Jack Atkinson

Player of the match

Jack Atkinson