Athletic romp to a big win over Bugbrooke

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A commanding performance from Bedford Athletic helped them to see off visitors Bugbrooke by 51 points to 5

Scoring eight tries, they dominated all aspects of the game with pace and precision to the fore in a comprehensive victory.

David Simpson opened the scoring with an intercept try after five minutes, converted by James Mortimer.

The same man was the beneficiary 10 minutes later when Stephen Woodhead cleverly chipped over the defence for Simpson to touch down again for a 12-0 lead.

Both Woodhead and fellow winger Tommy Mills had also been bundled into touch by last ditch defence in this period and it took a yellow card for Tommy Mills on 24 minutes to slow the home side’s momentum down.

Breathing space did not last long for Bugbrooke as, in the final minutes before half-time, prop forward Guiseppe Picanza spun and pirouetted in a manner no prop ever should to open up the visiting defence to allow Luke Levitt to power over.

Then Andy Ince dragged defenders over the line with him for the bonus point try as Athletic returned the restart in style with forward and backs interchanging to create the chance. Mortimer converted the Levitt try for a 24-0 halftime lead.

Bedford were soon on the attack at the start of the second half and Mortimer kept the scoreboard ticking with a penalty on 44 minutes.

Bugbrooke had little possession and even fewer chances and when they did attack from the restart they saw the ball turned over.

Scrum-half Tom Orton, on his 100th appearance for the 1st XV, set Woodhead away on an 80-metre run up the right wing past most of the Bugbrooke cover for the fifth try. Mortimer converted for a 34-0 lead.

Several chances then went begging as Mills broke free only to be hauled down by a last ditch tackle, man of the match Nick Thomas was adjudged held up over the line and Orton was pulled back by the referee for an accidental offside.

It was Charlie Darlow who extended the lead after 64 minutes with a converted try and, moments later a sharp break by Mortimer sent Ben Johnson away for the seventh try of the day.

Bugbrooke did show some resilience when Adam Pepper touched down with eight minutes remaining, but it was Athletic who had the last say as captain Rob Watkins went through to score the eighth and final try.