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Your News Bradford & Bingley 15 - Fylde 54

Fylde broke 50 points for the fourth time this season with a 8-try, 54-15 points victory at Bradford & Bingley's well appointed Wagon Lane ground.

Fylde got off to their normal supercharged start following a penalty against the Bees two minutes into the game. Fly-half Neil Hunter kicked for the corner and, following a few 'pick and drives', prop Andrew Irving powered over the line for his first league try for the club. Hunter added the extras with a good conversion and Fylde had a lead they were never going to relinquish.

But on 14 minutes the Bees came back into the game and when a Fylde forward held on to the ball in a ruck fly-half Steve Brimacombe kicked a straightforward penalty to reduce the deficit.

Three minutes later Bradford tried to move the ball wide through their backs down their right side. Fylde winger Oli Brennand spotted the pass early, intercepted and strolled in for the try from halfway. Hunter kicked the conversion and Fylde were 14-3 in the lead. Three minutes later there was a re-run when it was Nick Royle's turn to read a telegraphed Bees pass but he had to work harder to open his account for the day. Hunter kicked a good conversion for a 21-3 lead with only 20 minutes gone.

There followed an rather error-strewn ten minutes before Fylde struck once more. Bradford's no 8 David Ford was yellow carded for a technical offence after 32 minutes. Hunter again kicked into the corner and from a subsequent scrummage the Fylde pack took advantage of the extra man drove over with no 8 Dan Bowman getting the touch down. Hunter added the extras to take the score to 28-3.

The Bees had put in a pretty gory 15 minutes and things were to get no better for them a minute before half-time. The Fylde backrow were by now dominant and were winning the battle at the tackle breakdown. When a ball was ripped off a Bees attacker in midfield the Fylde backs moved the ball smartly right and Royle raced through an unpopulated defence for his second try. Hunter converted and Fylde went into the break with a 35-3 lead.

Despite losing flanker Dan Palmer to the sin bin, things got no easier for the hosts in the 2nd half as on 48 minutes Fylde lock Alistair Atkinson scragged a Bradford player to effect a turnover. The Fylde backs moved the ball left and Oliver Brennand finished off the move smartly for his 21st league try of the season. On such a kicking day for Neil Hunter, it was axiomatic that his conversion sailed between the posts for a 42-3 Fylde lead.

An indistinguised period of play by Fylde followed as they rang the changes, with Grant Ferguson and Ted Scott replacing Dan Bowman and Dave Wilks after 52 minutes. They began to incur the displeasure of referee Andrew Jackson and on 59 minutes prop Adam Lewis was sinbinned. The Bees took due advantage when lock Alan Grange ran through weak tackling and most of the Fylde team for a very good try. Brimacombe missed the conversion but the score was a rather more respectable 8-42.

Within a minute Fylde reasserted their authority. Nick Royle was suffering from a blistered foot and was looking a little sorry for himself. His last action of the game followed when Ferguson secured loose ball in midfield and scrum-half and skipper Craig Aikman burst clear down the right. Royle was in no state to finish off the move but took the pass from Aikman before offloading to centre Tom Albinson who sidestepped the last two defenders for a very good try. Hunter missed his only kick of the day as his conversion attempt drifted wide but Fylde's lead had increased to 47-8.

It was good for the visiting supporters in a disappointly small crowd to see the return of Steve Nutt who replaced Royle. The influential playmaker injured his ribs early in the game against Caldy and had missed several games since then. After 73 minutes he showed his pedigree when he broke the Bees defensive line before releasing Brennand who went under the posts for his third try. Hunter converted for a 54-8 lead.

The last act of a rather one-sided game saw a consolation try by Bradford when their experienced winger Mark Kirkby finished off a good move on 80 minutes. There was enough time for Brimacombe to convert the try and Mr Jackson immediately blew the final whistle.

This was by no means a perfect display by Fylde whose play was at times still too error-strewn. But you can only play what is in front of you and an eight try victory away from home featuring a number of very good tries was a good return for their afternoon's work.

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