Nottingham Security Plus Pennant League 2
Bakewell Mannerians 2nds 62
Kesteven 2nds 14
Bakewell fielded a full squad for this league fixture, and loaned players to Kesteven throughout, although this still left them a one-man advantage in the first half.
Bakewell were dominant up front, and with the power plant of Elliott and Boone in at second row, they would match any opposition. Add to this the dynamic back row of Turner, Gregory and the young Tom Farenden, and they were pretty well unstoppable.
Kesteven could not contain such talent and mobility. The electric James Turner had notched up three tries by half-time, with Tom Farenden also getting on the scoresheet.
This Bakewell side is versatile and James Ashton continues his conversion from prop forward to winger, reminding elder statesmen on the touchline of the young Billy Boston, as he powered over for his try.
Add to this the all-round abilities of George Village at centre, and you have a team capable of playing total rugby.
Erstwhile front row forward Ed Armstrong looked comfortable at scrum half, and O’Neil, more used to being up front, put in a highly competent impression of an outside half.
Bakewell juggled their deployment of players at half-time, reducing their numbers to make it 13 players each.
With the scrums evened out, Kesteven produced their best spell, and with their two burly, mobile props causing problems in the loose, they had reduced the deficit to 43-14.
Bakewell replied as O’Neil broke through in midfield to feed the flying Ashton, while the next try was a gem.
A typical breakout from Tom Armstrong opened things up, with full back Will Duckham taking the feed, only to be stopped short. Hooker Lofthouse made the pick-up, to allow Gregory to run in his second try. Josh Bennett added the final score.