Milton Keynes Wolves Mauled By Bedford Tigers
|Author: Pete Nuttall||Published: 15th May 2012 17:12|
MK Wolves Milton Keynes' Rugby League side suffered their heaviest defeat in their short history when they were beaten 60-18 away to local rivals Bedford Tigers on Saturday, 12th May.
MK travelled to the home of last year's league leaders hoping to make amends for last week's 24-40 defeat at home to the Tigers.
Despite a strong start, MK Wolves were dealt an early heavy blow when inspirational player-coach Scott Aspinall - a former Bedford product - limped off after only two minutes with a torn hamstring.
Without Aspinall marshalling proceedings, the Wolves' inexperience saw Bedford regularly exploiting gaps in the MK defence and, although MK showed promise, they went into the half-time break 38-0 down having conceded 7 unanswered tries.
A rallying half-time team talk impressed upon MK how important it was not to let their heads drop, and to recapture the ferocious tackling and fearsome defence that had characterised the Black-And-Whites' early games. And it was a rejuvenated Wolves side that went into the second half certainly making it far more difficult for Bedford.
The Tigers added another two early tries, but MK finally hit back with a long-range try from MK's leading try scorer Michael Whitehead, who added to last weekend's double with a superb solo effort, running the ball from inside his own 20m line.
Tigers ran in another two tries, but it was the Never-Say-Die Wolves who finished the scoring with two late tries - Kieran Perry scoring in the corner following some slick handling and Wolves captain Kieran McConnell exploiting a well-made gap in the Tigers' defence to touch down under the posts.
MK Wolves are next in action on Saturday 26th May with a home game against Bury St Edmunds Titans - 2.30 kick-off at Emerson Valley Sports Pavillion.
MK Wolves Rugby League training takes place on Wednesdays (from 6.30pm) at Emerson Valley Sports Pavillion. Players and volunteers are always welcome to join.