Awayday joy for Bedford Athletic against Market Rasen

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For the second season in a row Bedford Athletic have won away to Market Rasen in their longest away trip of the campaign – this time by 45 points to 10.

A strong performance saw the team stamp its mark in all the key areas of the encounter and secure a try bonus point by half-time.

Playing down the slope in the first half it was important that the visitors made good use of this advantage.

They had the first scoring opportunity when Ben Johnson crossed for the first try of the day on seven minutes, having been set up by Tom Orton and James Mortimer in a crisply executed backs move.

James Mortimer converted the try and was on the mark again in the 20th minute when a break by Orton carried on by Josh Pearson saw Johnson cross for his second try.

Mortimer did miss a penalty kick on 26 minutes but, three minutes later when Pearson went from provider to scorer, he was on target to stretch the lead to 21-0.

The best try of the half came on 34 minutes when Athletic stretched the play from wing to wing before Tom Albone added the finish for the bonus point try which was converted to give the visitors a 28-0 lead.

The side had to withstand some serious pressure from Market Rasen in the minutes before half-time, defending several scrums on their own line before eventually Chris Everton did kick a penalty to get the home side on the score board before the interval.

This score seemed to spur Market Rasen into action and they threatened immediately after the break; scrum-half Everton once again doing the damage with a try and conversion.

However, the weather conditions really began to deteriorate, making further scoring difficult for both sides.

Mortimer steadied matters with a penalty on 53 minutes and by now Bedford Athletic had re-established their superiority in the game, with a particularly impressive defensive effort led by man of the match Andy Ince ensuring that no further impression on the scoreboard was made by the home team.

This was not the end of the scoring action for the visitors, however, as Josh Pearson bagged his second try of the day on 61 minutes.

Having joined the fray from the substitutes’ bench, it was Charlie Darlow who had the final say in the game as he crossed for his side’s sixth try – Mortimer making it six from six conversions with two successful kicks and wrapping up the match with 15 points in total.

This result keeps Bedford in third place in the league but just a point behind leaders Kettering who once again have removed Derby from top spot through a greater number of bonus points achieved.

Athletic have another break from league action this weekend, with the league campaign resuming at home to Matlock on November 7 at 2.15pm. They are in East Midlands cup action at Wellingborough this Friday night.