Bakewell Mannerians 1sts 41
Aylestone St James 7
MANNERIANS completed a handsome Midlands Two East (North) victory over their visitors on Saturday, and scored six tries in the process, moving level with leaders Newark.
Aylestone St James started the game with 13 men and soon increased this to 14 but, despite the numerical advantage, the win was not a formality.
Aylestone kicked off but Bakewell had the better of the early play. After a few false starts, the opening try of the afternoon duly arrived on eight minutes through Jack Duncan, who went over in the corner. Will Moroney added the extras.
Moroney increased the lead shortly after through a penalty to make it 10-0.
Mannerians were strong in the lineout throughout the game and their next score resulted from a good take, followed by a drive deep into enemy territory.
Ethan Bagshawe’s pass set up Rob Scothern who crashed over to record his first try for Mannerians. And so, at the midway point of the first half, the home side had a 15-0 lead.
Soon after, a long kick from Moroney was picked up on the bounce by flying winger Tom Oldfield who went over to register the third try of the afternoon to make it 20-0.
Aylestone were making little progress in the face of strong tackling from the pack and the next scores were a brace of penalties from the boot of skipper Moroney, meaning that Mannerians had a handsome 26-0 lead at the break.
Into the second half, Aylestone came out strongly, looking for an early score, but Mannerians stood strong and increased their advantage 15 minutes into the second half when Tom Spencer went over for the fourth try of the afternoon to make it 31-0.
The visitors eventually managed to break the Mannerians defences on the hour with a converted try but that was as good as it got for them on the afternoon.
Bakewell kept up the intensity during the final stages of the match and were rewarded for their efforts when Tom Oldfield gained his second try of the match, followed by one from Rob Wells with ten minutes remaining.
Aylestone produced a late rally for the remainder of the game but were unable to add to their tally as Mannerians held strong to complete a pleasing victory, making it four wins out of four.
The 1sts are next in action on October 22 at Leicester Forest.