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May & Baker held firm for their first victory of the new season against Bancroft

PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 September 2017

Bakers hold firm in scrum in home victory to Bancroft (Pic: Jack Courtney)

Bakers hold firm in scrum in home victory to Bancroft (Pic: Jack Courtney)

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May & Baker held on for a 34-27 victory despite a late fightback from Bancroft.

May & Baker's Dan Dray steps up to add the extras (Pic: Jack Courtney) May & Baker's Dan Dray steps up to add the extras (Pic: Jack Courtney)

After a tough encounter in their opening encounter against Kings Cross Steelers, the Dagenham-based club managed to bag their first win of the season, after unfortunate circumstances meant they were unable to play last weekend. Much like their first home game Bakers started brightly with fly half Dan Dray breaking to open the match scoring but was unable to add the extras.

The game continued to have similarities to their opener as the visitors worked hard in the pack and pegged Bakers back quickly and levelled the match.

The hosts worked well to regain control of the match and it wasn’t too long before Jay Walsh was able to move well to cross the line and restore Bakers lead and Dray was able to add the extras to put Bakers seven points up with 30 minutes played.

The final 10 minutes of the first-half saw both sides battling for control to take in to half time and both sides managed to touch down before the whistle with Bertie Matthews crossing the line to ensure Bakers took a seven point lead into the break.

With the game resuming Bakers were working hard to get themselves into good attacking areas and saw a chance to add some extras when a penalty unfortunately Dray was unable to score.

It didn’t hamper the hosts as Marc Kingshott was able to touch down – this time with Dray adding the extras to put his side 14 points up.

Bancroft looked the fitter of the two sides and were happy to put the hard graft in and with some smart forward work were able to touchdown, but missing the conversion, to bring them within nine points of Bakers.

Bancroft was then able to score a converted try to bring the game to within two.

Bakers full back Victor looked lively and was able to break away to put his side back in the lead.

Bancroft worked the game well within the forwards throughout the game but Bakers were well up to the challenge holding well in defence.

The visitors put a flourish in at the end but Bakers held firm through several waves of Bancroft attack and some great pressure defence forced the Bancroft backline into a knock on to seal a well-deserved victory.

Bakers now travel to Pegasus Pallmerians next week.

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