Athletic hit fifty points to maintain the momentum

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Bedford Athletic consolidated top spot in Midlands One East with a 50 points to 5 win at Northampton Old Scouts.

An eight-try win in awful conditions was reward for a strong travelling support and some high quality scores.

The first 10 minutes were an even contest but it was Bedford’s Tom Orton who sniped over for the opening try which James Mortimer converted on 13 minutes.

Athletic then hit a purple patch, scoring a further three tries in the next 10 minutes.

Nick Thomas was on hand to dive over at a ruck, Charlie Darlow literally smashed his way through the centre of the defence to score the third try under the posts, but the fourth and bonus point try was the best of the day.

From a line out in their own half, Stephen Woodhead broke the defensive line and the backs carried the move on with excellent support play for the length of the pitch before Tom Dolemore finished the score in the left corner.

With Mortimer adding one further conversion in this period, Bedford Athletic now led 24-0 with 22 minutes played.

On the half hour mark the visitors once again exploited space down the right and flanker Josh Pearson strolled over for the fifth try. Mortimer converted this effort and two more before half-time.

First Tommy Mills was on hand to finish off excellent driving play from the forwards and, with the final move of the half, Woodhead broke the line again following a line out and Bedford Athletic had a commanding 45-0 lead at half time.

The match took on a different complexion in the second half as the visitors were now playing into the teeth of a gale and the kicking game that had secured them so much territory and possession in the first period was no longer an option.

The Bedford line was eventually breached when Old Scouts turned the ball over to score down the left wing in the 64th minute.

But the visitors stuck to their task and were rewarded in the final minutes of the game as Tommy Mills made ground before Darlow finished the move off with the final try of the game.

Athletic maintain a six-point lead at the top of the table before the visit of Old Laurentians to Putnoe Wood this Saturday at 2.15pm.