High-flying Athletic run riot against Newbold

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Bedford Athletic extended their lead at the top of Midlands One East with an emphatic 53-5 victory against third placed Newbold.

In an outstanding display against opponents who had only lost twice all season, the pace, precision, power and purpose of the home team was just too much for their visitors, with Bedford Athletic passing 400 points for the season so far in only their 10th league game.

A first minute penalty got the home side off to a flying start – James Mortimer the beneficiary – and the first try arrived on nine minutes as Stephen Woodhead’s dummy round the full-back took him under the posts. Mortimer added the extras.

Newbold were showing plenty of purpose at this stage, but Mortimer extended the Bedford lead with a penalty.

Almost immediately the home side were on the scoreboard again as the ball was spread wide from the kick-off and Tom Dolemore finished the move off in the corner, with Mortimer converting for a 20-0 lead on 25 minutes.

Three minutes later the attack was down the right wing and this time a Woodhead kick ahead was gathered and touched down by David Simpson. Mortimer’s conversion made it 27-0.

The speed and accuracy of the hosts did not relent as the bonus point try was secured on 35 minutes with full-back Charlie Darlow once again proving the extra man in midfield to cross for the fourth try.

Newbold centre Henry Clony then deliberately slapped the ball down and received a yellow card; Athletic immediately went through the gap he left to score their fifth try as Darlow touched down and Mortimer converted for a 39-0 lead at half time.

The next try came in the 56th minute as Liam Walsh dived on the ball to score, with Mortimer converting.

Newbold were undone again on 67 minutes when Mortimer fed Woodhead for their final try of the day, which Mortimer converted for an 18-point personal haul.

Late in the game Newbold took advantage of a loose ball with a consolation try for Ben Thompson.

The win extends Athletic’s lead at the top of the table to six points ahead of a trip to Northampton Old Scouts this Saturday.