Winslow return to form with a deserved win

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Bltechley II 17

Winslow 25

Winslow travelled to face Bletchley II’s last weekend in an attempt to get their season back on track.

With disappointing losses to Maidenhead and Buckingham, Winslow had slipped off the pace in the league and needed to bounce back.

Fielding possibly the strongest 15 they had put out all season, Winslow set the tone early with a Rob Large penalty in the first 10 minutes. Bletchley hit straight back almost from the restart winning a quick line out and spreading the ball well to go over in the corner, which was converted.

This was the only creative effort from Bletchley in the first half as after that things descended into mayhem.

The Bletchley pack and the Winslow players were caught up in a 30-man brawl in the middle of the pitch.

However Winslow regained their composure and after being camped in the Bletchley 22 for 15 minutes released the ball to Rob Large who went in under the posts, which was converted.

This was all the action from the first half, In the second period, almost from the start Greg Laird intercepted a pass from the Bletchley fly-half and ran the ball 60 metres for a try, which was again converted.

Bletchley replied with a good move into the corner again, only for Winslow to hit straight back with Marc Goddard scoring.

Bletchley managed one last try but Large scored a penalty for Winslow to seal a good win for the visitors.

In reality the game was never that close. The Winslow pack outmuscled the larger Bletchley pack frequently winning the ball from Bletchley put-ins. The Winslow backs were given time and space to run at the Bletchley line and this allowed them to consistently punch holes in the home defence.

Winslow now sit fifth in the league with their season back on track.