Bedford Ath sign off with another try-fest

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Bedford Athletic go into the festive break on the back of two big-scoring victories – the latest a 70-0 win at home to a weakened Belgrave side on Saturday.

Belgrave were reduced to 13 men long before the end through injury.

Belgrave made life difficult for Athletic in the early stages. However eventually David Simpson won a critical turnover and the clearance penalty relieved pressure.

It was Simpson again who intercepted the critical pass that led to the field position for the opening try on 20 minutes that allowed James Mortimer to put Charlie Darlow into space for the opening score. Mortimer added the first of ten successful conversions that earned him the Woodfine’s man of the match award.

On the half hour Paul Ryder put Luke Levitt in for the second try. No.8 Josh Jones had to retire with an injury before half time and he was quickly followed by prop forward Belgit Singh. With a weakening scrum Athletic turned Belgrave over for Rob Watkins to pick up and score, making it 21-0 at oranges.

The try bonus point was put to bed after half time as Luke Levitt touched down. A break from fly half Mortimer seemed to see him cross for the next try only for the ball to roll loose and the score was credited to Tom Dolemore.

Dolemore and Charlie Darlow soon had second tries. In the final ten minutes Ath scored three further tries through captain Rob Watkins under the posts, Paul Ryder, and Tom Orton who dummied his way through a splintered defence.

Ath return to league action when they visit Bugbrooke on January 3.