Nottingham Casuals 24
Bakewell Mannerians 48
A DRAW, a defeat and then a week without a fixture meant Bakewell Mannerians 1sts were champing at the bit to return to winning ways on Saturday, and they didn’t disappoint, with a fine away victory that keeps them in second spot in the Midlands Two East (North).
From the off, Mannerians managed to successfully hit their stride and Ethan Bagshawe went over for an early try, converted by Will Moroney.
Mannerians were strong in the scrum, and indeed across the pitch, so it was rather against the run of play that Casuals pulled three points back through a penalty. However, Bakewell swiftly replied with a penalty, kicked by Moroney, to make it 10-3.
Tom Oldfield was next on the scoresheet, going over for his side’s second try of the afternoon, converted by Moroney to stretch the lead to a handy 17-3.
The home side fought back, gaining ground through a number of penalties conceded by Mannerians. The end result of a period of pressure was a converted try by Casuals, to peg the score back to 17-10.
The remaining 15 minutes of the half were scoreless but Bakewell come out after the turnaround in dominant mood and, within five minutes of the restart added an unconverted try to their tally, scored by Jack Duncan.
Sean Driscoll powered over for the next try, on 55 minutes, gaining the bonus point score in the process and stretching the advantage to 27-10.
Casuals kept coming hard at their visitors but Mannerians were able to withstand this pressure and move further ahead when Jack Duncan raced from his own 22 to complete his second try of the afternoon on the hour. The conversion was kicked and the lead was 34-10.
The home side was then rewarded for its constant efforts with a converted try but Mannerians responded with a converted try of their own, through Bagshawe, his second of the game, to make it 41-17 with just ten minutes remaining.
There was still time for Casuals to pull back through a converted try but Mannerians, who at times had played some of their best rugby of the campaign, had the last word as Al Ashton went over and Moroney added the extras to make it 48-24 at the end of a fine display.
This Saturday, Mannerians entertain Melton Mowbray (2.15pm kick off).