Milton Keynes Wolves Narrowly Defeated By Bury St Edmunds
|Author: Pete Nuttall||Published: 31st May 2012 12:10|
Milton Keynes' Rugby League side narrowly lost their home game against Bury St. Edmunds Titans on Saturday - but didn't make it easy for the visitors.
Wolves, in only the third competitive match in their history, fielded a number of debutants, and with temperatures in the high twenties at Emerson Valley it was always going to be a tough game. Despite the heat, both sides started with tremendous commitment - the first few exchanges were brutal as both teams battled to gain the upper hand.
It took 11 minutes for the deadlock to be broken by Bury Titans with a try in the corner, but Milton Keynes responded in true Wolves fashion - sustained pressure that ended with a great inside ball from stand-off Chris Melly to 2nd Row David Brown who crossed for the try.
With the heat taking its toll, MK eased off in the last 20 minutes of the first half, with errors gifting Bury a further three tries leaving the half-time score at 6-22 and Wolves with a mountain to climb in the second period.
However, after a rallying team talk, MK started the 2nd half with the same intensity they started the first, and with only two minutes of the half played, Wolves' captain Kieran McConnell finished off a well-worked move to score.
Bury Titans hit back with a try, and MK did themselves no favours on the restart when the Wolves' scrum-half was sent to the sin-bin following a high tackle. Despite being a man down, it was Wolves who scored with a try from debutant Dan Rolfe.
In the tit-for-tat 2nd half, Bury Titans again took advantage of an MK handling error to score, but it was Wolves who finished the stronger, with a second try from prop McConnell and a superb 80-metre solo effort from debutant winger Orama Chiromo.
Speaking after the game, player-coach Scott Aspinall (who missed the game due to a hamstring injury), said: "Unlike the teams we've faced so far, this MK Wolves side is brand new to Rugby League and that showed in the errors we made that gifted Bury many of their tries. But the more we train and the more we play those errors will get ironed out. We showed great commitment to get back into the game, and we've some very talented players in this squad who will be great for this club."
Tries: David Brown, Kieran McConnell (2), Dan Rolfe, Orama Chiromo
Goal: Phil Powell (3)
MK Wolves' next league game is on Sat 16th June away at fellow new boys North Herts Crusaders, Letchworth, but MK have been invited to play a curtain-raiser match at the home of Championship One side London Skolars on Sunday 10th June. Looking ahead to the game, Aspinall said "All match experience is essential to us improving our game, and we're honoured to be asked to play at the home of one of the leading teams in the South of England."