Bedford Athletic thrashed Oadby Wyggestonians scoring ten tries as they triumphed by 68 points to 10.
On the first occasion, this season that the side played at a consistent level of performance throughout the eighty minutes Leo Mortimer led the way with two tries and nine conversions for a personal best haul of 28 points.
The home side showed great energy from the kick off with Jake Foster breaking tackles for fun in the middle of the park setting up the first scoring opportunity of the day. A series of forward drives appeared to have been halted only for Ben Middleton to spin out of the maul and over the line for a try on four minutes, Leo Mortimer converting. Then it was the turn of the backs on ten minutes as from a midfield scrum the ball was fed wide to Luke Denham who touched down for another converted try. The home side kept their foot on the throttle, disrupting most of the visitor’s set piece play which allowed them to probe deep into the away half. From a 5 metre lineout catch and drive, Athletic battered away at the Oadby defence until James Wallace crossed in the corner, Mortimer converting from the touchline into a breeze. The rapid concession of several penalties in a row allowed Oadby two lineout drives close to the home line and they scored from the second of these on 28 minutes, no.8 Neil McBride emerging with the ball. It was only a matter of time before Bedford Athletic secured the bonus point try. It should have come when a glaring missed overlap denied Archie Duncan a scoring chance but minutes later another overlap in the wide channels allowed Denman to score his second and secure the try bonus point on 35 minutes. Bedford Athletic finished the half with a well orchestrated move from an attacking scrum that saw Mortimer loop round the play before slicing through the defence for a try and conversion that together with the conversion of Denman’s try saw Bedford Athletic into a 35-5 half time lead.
From the start of the second half Bedford Athletic continued to show the same pace and power that made them so dominant in the first forty minutes. The first two attacks floundered with marginal errors of judgement as the side tore through the visiting defence but the third such attack did not with Jake Foster outpacing the defence for a try in a match acting as a memorial for his father. The home side then stole an Oadby lineout five metres from their own line and with a slick two phase move that went the length of the field sliced their visitors open for a seventh try touched down by replacement scrum half and debutant Regan Marshall. Oadby had a moment of respite when they took advantage of the looseness of the play to allow right wing Guy Want to score in the corner but ultimately they were unable to resist the tempo and the power which Bedford Athletic imposed. Indeed further scoring opportunities were coughed up more due to the home side moving with a speed and purpose that invited error rather than any pressure from the visiting defence. Three further scores did arrive. Powerful carries from the forward pack led by Ben Middleton opened a scoring opportunity for Adam Harris on 66 minutes. Then man of the match Josh Walker did well to flick a Mortimer grubber kick back in field for Matt Shacklady to score on 68 minutes and finally Mortimer himself sliced the visting defence apart for his second try on 74 minutes. Mortimer converted the final four tries of the day to set the seal on a comprehensive home victory that leaves the side at the top of the league table with a lead of 13 points.
Bedford Athletic take to the road this coming Saturday with a trip to Old Northamptonians at the earlier kick off time of 2.15pm.