Milton Keynes Defeated In Feisty Match Against Grove
|Published: 5th December 2011 19:04|
Milton Keynes 20
This was a difficult afternoon for City who struggled with the referee throughout the game. By full time City had been given three yellow and two red cards. By the end of the match they were down to thirteen men and had no hope of winning a game, which was tightly contested for 70 minutes.
The game didn't start well with City giving away 7 penalties in the first 7 minutes. The last one was the final straw for the referee who gave captain, Richard Hill a yellow card. Grove took advantage of the decision and converted a penalty to give them an early lead. Still with 14 men City competed well but Grove used the extra man in the pack to drive a rolling maul towards the City try line. This resulted in a penalty try for a City back being offside. This was easily converted and City were 10 points behind with less than 10 minutes gone.
City's first score came 20 minutes into the game with a penalty converted by Phil Powell. The 10 point lead was returned with a reciprocal penalty converted by Grove just a few minutes later.
Richard Hill made amends for his yellow card by scoring a try late into the first half. A quick penalty was taken and Hill borrowed over from just a few metres. Powell converted from close to the touch line. At half time City were just 3 points behind and the team was confident that by the end of the game they would be the winning side.
The game didn't go according to plan. With just a few minutes of the second half Wayne Kelly was sent off, for what to both teams appeared like an innocuous tackle across the chest. The MK players objected to the referee who gave Grove an additional 10 metres closer to the City try line, which put it within distance of their kicker, who dually converted.
Despite being down to 14 men City were competing well and there was no reason why they couldn't win. Unfortunately Ashley Hill then received a yellow card soon after making the task even more difficult.
After 20 minutes of the second half City scored an excellent try in the corner following some good back play with Gavin Whitehead diving over into the corner. With the conversion missed city were just a point behind at 16 - 15.
Grove were offered an easy 7 points when there was confusion in the backs and the Grove centre intercepted and had an easy run under the posts which put Grove 8 points in the lead with 15 minutes to go.
Kieran O'Connell got his name on the score sheet by scoring in the corner with 10 minutes to go giving City the fillip they needed to make one last effort.
Further problems arose when Talbot was sent off late into the game meaning City played the last 5 minutes with just 13 men. A further breakaway try sealed the victory for Grove.