Mannerians produce late rally in losing cause

Tom Crapper, Bakewell Mannerians
Tom Crapper, Bakewell Mannerians

Oadby Wyggestonians 38

Bakewell Mannerians 24

BAKEWELL Mannerians took a break from league action on Saturday when they travelled to Leicestershire for a National Intermediate Cup 1st Round encounter.

Mannerians started strongly and took the game to their hosts, getting into good positions without being able to start the scoring.

Their hosts were less wasteful and shot into a 21-0 lead just over midway through the first half, thanks to a trio of converted tries that were clinically taken.

In the scrums, Mannerians did well and also won plenty of ball in the lineouts.

They opened their account when Alistair Gregory went over after good work by Ben Hopkinson.

Will Moroney added the extras to make the half-time score 21-7 to Oadby.

A slow start after the break hampered Bakewell but they began to increase the pressure and intensity, leading to Tom Crapper getting on the end of a Moroney kick to touch down in the corner, making it 21-12 with 15 minutes of the second half played.

The home side were on top for the next phase of the game and added two converted tries and a penalty to their tally, putting them well in front at 38-12 with a quarter of an hour remaining.

At this point, Bakewell came storming back with some impressive moves that put the home side on the back foot for the remainder of the match.

Tom Crapper sped over for his second try of the afternoon on 70 minutes and skipper Moroney rounded off the proceedings by adding a try under the posts and then kicked the conversion to complete the scoring at 38-27 to Oadby Wyggestonians.

Mannerians now look to take the good form shown in the final 15 minutes into this Saturday’s Midlands Two East (North) local derby at Ashbourne (3pm start).