Sidcup 20 Bedford Athletic 7

It was another away defeat for Bedford Athletic as they went down by 20 points to 7 at Sidcup.

A much-improved performance from the previous week saw a tighter contest but ultimately the side didn’t have enough firepower to secure a first away win of the season.

A bright start from the visitors saw them score with their first attack of the day as the ball was spread wide and Stephen Woodhead sped away down the right wing for the try on four minutes. Leo Mortimer kicked a difficult touchline conversion. The advantage was immediately surrendered as a lineout was lost, Sidcup counter attacked with centre Colby McMahon breaking through the defence and some impressive off loading saw no.8 Billy Williams score the try, Josh Twyford adding the extra points. Bedford Athletic had further early chances with two Mortimer penalties drifting wide before Sidcup began to attack strongly in the latter part of the first half. A missed penalty kick to touch meant the visitors failed to relieve the pressure and allowed Sidcup to return to their half with Twyford kicking a penalty for the lead on 31 minutes. Stout defence at the end of the half prevented any further scoring with a maul held up over the line and then a 5 metre set scrum frustrated with the home side eventually penalised for crossing although they still led 10-7 at half time.

With the wind behind them Sidcup launched themselves into the Bedford Athletic half at the start of the second half and never really left. An early penalty drifted wide but the scoring chances kept coming. A ball thrown directly into touch should have been a certain try, a penalty was conceded at a five metre attacking scrum and a further kick at goal was missed in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Eventually Twyford was successful with his third kick of the half in the 63rd minute to extend the lead. Bedford Athletic tried to find a way back into the game but were severely hampered by their inability to keep the ball for any more than 2 or 3 phases without a forced or unforced error. Trapped in their own half they were finally undone when they failed to strike the ball at a scrum, Sidcup reacted quickly to the turnover and full back Luka Syplywczak scampered through for the winning score with four minutes left, Twyford’s conversion making the score 20-7.

Bedford Athletic return to home territory on Saturday as they host Wimbledon at Putnoe Wood at 3.00 although they are now just one point and one place ahead of the relegation places.