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Your News Fylde 27 - Bardford & Bingley 8

Fylde made a flying start against Bradford & Bingley on a fine, cold & still winter afternoon at the Woodlands. These were ideal conditions for running rugby and in the first 30 minutes Fylde didnt disappoint an enthusiastic and sizeable crowd. It took them almost ten minutes to set their sights on the Bradford try line but in the next twenty they cut loose.

After nine minutes Fyldes ever eager fly-half Steve Nutt moved the ball left and centre Mike Waywell doubled around to set winger Oliver Brennand free wide out. National Three Norths top try scorer shot past his opposite number Liam Frost and cut back inside another three defenders to score a superb trademark try, his 13th of another productive season. Nutts attempted conversion drifted wide but Fylde had a 5-0 lead.

On 17 minutes, Nutt moved the ball right and Waywell, who had a fine game, slipped through the smallest of gaps before passing to England Academy player Jordan Davies, playing on the wing today. Davies made the corner despite a despairing covering tackle by a Bees defender. Nutt again missed the conversion, this time from the touchline.

Ten minutes later, from a scrummage 30m out from the Bees try line, Fylde scrum-half Craig Aikman broke through a porous visiting defence and turned on the afterburners for a beautiful try. Nutt converted well and his side had a deserved 17-0 lead.

With Canadian international lock Oliver Atkinson, young prop Andrew Irving and flanker Dan Bowman to the fore, Fylde were dominating possession in the line-out and tight exchanges. The Bradford scrum was being pushed backwards at a rate of knots and scrum-half Joe Bartlett was having to deal with poor ball. Steve Nutts clever, probing kicks caused the Bees defence all kinds of problems.

A minute before the break, a Bees forward offended 30m out in front of his posts and Nutt extended Fyldes lead to 20-0 with a straightforward penalty kick. This had been a very good first half performance by the home side and they deserved their handsome lead. Surely a load more points would be notched in the second period.

Fylde introduced new prop signing, young Welsh U21 player Ross Davies at the beginning of the 2nd half. He soon made his presence felt with a muscular run up the middle, brushing tacklers off with ease. But Bradfords fly-half Steve Brimacombe soon reduced the deficit when a Fylde player strayed offside and he kicked a straightforward penalty.

Fylde hit back with an attack down the right. Nutt chipped for the right corner once again with inch perfect accuracy and Jordan Davies picked up short of the try line and plunged over for another good try, his second of the afternoon. Nutt converted beautifully from the touchline and Fylde were good for their 27-3 lead.

The Fylde pack which had dominated matters in the first 40 minutes started to loose momentum. The gritty Bees forwards dug in and if theirs was mainly a spoiling game they did it very effectively. The harder Fylde tried, the more mistakes they made. They were sucked into a midfield stalemate and lost the fluency of the first period. As the Bees upped the pressure, Fylde were forced to spend a significant amount of time defending on their own line. Until the last couple of minutes their defence coped well with this threat.

Bradford kept at it and gained a consolation try in the last minute of normal time when replacement winger Marcus Dracup finished off a sharp backs move by diving over in the right hand corner for a good try. The conversion attempt fell short and the referees whistle ended play soon afterwards.

This was a deserved and hard working Fylde win but they had disappointed somewhat with their 2nd half performance and had been outscored by 8-7 by the Bees. The visitors will win plenty more games this season if they show the determination of the final 40 minutes.

Fylde substantiated their 3rd place with this maximum points win. With Caldy's loss at Macclesfield Fylde have closed the gap to four points, one behind 2nd placed Nuneaton.

Fylde Director of Rugby Mark Nelson said: "This was a good performance against useful opponents - no one should underestimate the Bees. The importance of this result, with the four try bonus point, is underlined by Caldy's defeat at Macclesfield. We did drift away in the 2nd half. We have to show rather more hunger to finish off opponents and, in particular, clear out the rucks more effectively. We must raise our game a couple of levels.

"I feel that we're developing as a quality side. The introduction of new prop Ross Davies indicates the level of competition for starting places in the squad. Darren Clark will be available for the game at Preston and Nick Royle should soon be fit again. As DoR my main challenge now is man management, accommodating the very good players we have. There was a really good feeling around the Woodlands today. The clubhouse was buzzing and it felt like a club going places. When I looked around the dressing room before the game I realised the talent we have."

MoM: Steve Nutt


Tries: Brennand (9), Davies (17 & 44), Aikman (25)

Conversions: Nutt (26, 45)

Penalties : Nutt (38)

Bradford & Bingley :

Tries : Dracup (80)

Penalty : Brimacombe (42)


15 Martin Wallwork; 14 Jordan Davies, 13 Tom Albinson, 12 Mike Waywell, 11 Oliver Brennand; 10 Steve Nutt, 9 Craig Aikman (David Wiseman 69); 1 Sam Simpson, 2 Alan Holmes (Mark Darlington 60), 3 Andrew Irving (Ross Davies 40), 4 Oliver Atkinson, 5 Roger Banks (c) (Grant Ferguson 73), 6 Dan Bowman, 7 Dan Palmer (Mark Stephenson 63), 8 Sam Beaumont,

Bradford & Bingley

15 James McBirnie; 14 Liam Frost, 13 Karl Smith (Marcus Dracup 62), 12 Dan Sanders, 11 Mark Kirkby; 10 Steve Brimacombe, 9 Joe Bartlett (c); 1 Ian Judson, 2 James Whitfield (Peter Scott 40), 3 Roger Raper, 4 Richard Hughes, 5 Ben Grange (Rob Wilson 40), 6 Guy Ford (Dan Cookson 62), 7 Neil Spence, 8 Aaron Enoka. Non-playing replacement: Stuart Dixon

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