Nottingham Moderns 5
Bakewell Mannerians 64
BAKEWELL Mannerians handed out a thrashing to hosts Nottingham Moderns on Saturday in the Midlands Two East (North) in a game where they ran in ten tries.
After a week off, Mannerians came roaring out of the traps in a performance that sets them up nicely for the pre-Christmas programme and keeps them in second place in the table, with just one defeat from their nine league matches so far.
Mannerians played downhill in the first half and took full advantage, turning round at the break with a commanding 45-0 lead.
The scoring was started by Henry Bagshawe’s try as early as the first minute with Will Moroney kicking the first of his seven conversions.
Ethan Bagshawe was next to add points, scoring a converted try to make it 14-0.
Next up was Jack Duncan, who broke through for what was the first of his two tries on the afternoon. The conversion was missed but within three minutes, he had scored his other try to make it 24-0.
While all this going on, Bakewell had been consistently conceding penalties and this eventually saw Henry Bagshawe receive a yellow card.
Nevertheless, Mannerians kept up the pressure and Ethan Bagshawe scored his second try just before the half-hour.
Sean Driscoll got in on the act five minutes later and, with Mannerians back up to 15 men, Tom Oldfield rounded off a superb half with a converted try to make it 45-0 at the turnaround.
Playing up the hill in the second half, Mannerians were under early pressure and Nottingham Moderns broke their duck with a try two minutes into the half.
Further pressure ensued but Mannerians were up to the challenge and stood firm before increasing their lead thanks to a Tom Crapper try, converted by Will Moroney.
Into the last ten minutes and Bakewell kept on coming, Tom Oldfield going over, and there was still time for Gav Portier to come off the bench and score on his debut.
Bakewell now look to take this superb form into Saturday’s encounter at The Showground, against Market Bosworth. Kick off is at 2.15pm.