Mannerians secure away win at rivals Dronfield

Ralph Bagshawe of Bakewell Mannerians considers his options against Dronfield on Saturday. Photo by Steve Taylor.
Ralph Bagshawe of Bakewell Mannerians considers his options against Dronfield on Saturday. Photo by Steve Taylor.

Dronfield 28

Bakewell Mannerians 41

A dogged display from Bakewell saw them come out on top against local rivals Dronfield on Saturday in Midlands 2 East (North).

Bakewell started with speed and precision and it was a few short minutes before Tom Crapper was opening the scoring after blitzing all before him down his wing. Zac Dann converted.

A penalty try put Dronfield on the board but Bakewell responded with Ed Hutchinson wriggling over after good work by Will Bagshawe, Tom Hutchinson, Tom Culley and Ben Sizer.

Dann again converted and also added a penalty,then the sides turned around with Mannerians 29-7 ahead after a Henry Bagshawe try cancelled out a Dronfield effort against the run of play.

Some 25 minutes later, with Dronfield back to 28-29 after using the windy conditions to their advantage, the home side’s Will Moroney’s drop goal looked like taking the spoils for Dronfield.

But Mannerians rallied and emerged the stronger.

Ali Crawford, fresh from a commanding performance in the 2nd XV, came on at fly-half at coach Chris Weeks’ request with instructions to use measured kicking to keep Dronfield pinned back.

Ben Hopkinson burst up the left, Ethan Bagshawe spun the ball out, Will Brocklehurst and Sizer drove forward and Henry Bagshawe crashed over for his second. Dann’s conversion left Dronfield needing two scores and they never really looked like getting them.

There was still time for another try for Bakewell, Ethan Bagshawe this time going over with Dann again converting to seal a fine away win.

Bakewell now sit in sixth spot in the table, just a point behind fifth-placed side Melbourne.