Revival falls a little short

Oakham 24

Bakewell Mannerians 1sts 12

BAKEWELL ended 2011 with their second successive Midland Two East (North) defeat but will still go into the second half of the season very handily placed in fourth when the action begins again on January 7.

Mannerians found themselves under the cosh early on as their hosts proved to be dominant in the scrums.

They opened their scoring on ten minutes with a penalty kick.

This lead was extended ten minutes later, despite Bakewell beginning to make more of an impact on the game, the converted try making it 10-0 to Oakham.

There was still time in the first half for Dan Driscoll to go off with an injury and for the referee to award a penalty try to the home side, which was converted, to make the half-time score 17-0.

The second half began brightly for Bakewell as they dominated the opening exchanges, looking sharp right throughout the team and finally, after 20 minutes of pressure, Tom Crapper ran through to score a try, converted by Will Moroney.

Another injury meant Mannerians would have to do without Paul Webster for the remainder of the contest and it was Oakham who got on the scoresheet next, to nip the Bakewell revival in the bud. The converted try made it 24-7 to Oakham.

Bakewell roared back into contention and were rewarded for their efforts with a try by Dave Boam after strong work from the back.

The final five minutes saw Bakewell strive to reduce the deficit further but on this occasion it was not be, despite their best efforts.

Mannerians will look to build on their excellent first half of the season when they return to the fray on January 7, at home to Belgrave.