Ath topple league leaders

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Bedford Athletic 44 
Old Northamptonians 19

Bedford Athletic comprehensively defeated league leaders Old Northamptonians 44-19 to haul themselves back into the Midlands One East title race.

Bedford outscored their opponents by five tries to three to sit fourth in the table, just five points off top.

The hosts hit the ground running and made early inroads with a swift attack down the right wing resulting in an opening try for Martin Wolfenden.

James Mortimer converted and kicked a further penalty on ten minutes before a series of attacks saw Tom Orton wrestle over for a second try with Mortimer’s conversion firing Bedford into a 17-0 lead.

Old Northamptonians briefly threatened when Rory Seymour ran under the posts but Athletic were soon back on the attack with Alex Sutherland scoring a third converted try while Mortimer kicked a second penalty to give the home side a 20-point lead at half time.

Gaining the initiative at the start of the second half was key and Bedford Athletic continued to control the game before Paul Ryder finally crossed for the bonus-point try.

Luke Levitt then exploited the overlap while Mortimer increased his personal tally to 24 points to secure the victory despite a late Old Northamptonians rally that saw tries for Tom Goodman and Adam Civil.

With the gap at the top of the table now closed to five points, Bedford Athletic start the second half of the season in good spirits as they head to Paviors next Saturday.