Athletic Colts send Old Scouts packing in the cup

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Bedford Blues Athletic Colts recorded a crushing 67-3 triumph over Northampton Old Scouts in the first round of the Referees Cup.

Bedford kicked off and soon took the lead when fly-half Matt Shacklady found a gap and ran 40m to score under the posts within 60 seconds of the start.

This settled Bedford and they continued to press in the opposition half as the tackles went in and was ball retained at almost every breakdown.

Some excellent work by Kyron Houston, Connor Rogers and Will Lowe to took the ball to the opposition, and the pressure finally told after 15 minutes when a scrum was won against the head.

Bettell picked up from 8 and ran 5m to score under the posts, with the try converted by Lee Tribe for 12-0.

On 24 minutes, Bedford won their lineout with a great catch by Houston. The drive from the forwards made 20m before being stopped over the line, but held up.

At the resulting scrum, replacement number 8 Rhys Dear ran five metres to score his first try for the Colts As, converted by Tribe for 19-0.

From the restart, the forwards protected the ball and supporting runs from Dan Cooper and Ben Thompson moved the play upfield.

Fast hands from Shacklady and Harry Sawford Smith allowed Callum Fairhead to run 25m to cross the try line, with the effort converted by Tribe from the touchline.

The support play continued to be of a high standard as Old Scouts kicked deep from their 22; Tribe collected and ran cross field before linking with Fairhead who ran 40m to score in the right hand corner, with Tribe adding the extras for 31-0.

From the restart, Old Scouts were granted a penalty 15m out which they scored to bring the score to 31-3 at half-time.

The second half saw a number of changes of personnel who all raised their games and maintained Athletic’s high standards.

Bedford continued to apply pressure and a kick was collected by Sawford Smith who ran 60m to score uncontested under the posts. Tribe converted for 38-3.

From the restart, Max O’Dell interchanged with Ross Testa before Testa went over for 43-3.

The next move from Bedford was a joy to watch as Dear crossed the line to score, converted by Tribe.

Bedford were on a real roll and Tribe ran in a score but failed to convert, before further tries from Testa and Thompson wrapped up the victory for Athletic as they ran out extremely impressive victors .