RUGBY: St Ives make sure they are not bitten by the Vipers to continue stunning streak

PUBLISHED: 22:01 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 22:01 27 November 2017

Paul Ashbridge starred as St Ives triumphed at Leicester Vipers. Picture: PAUL COX

Paul Ashbridge starred as St Ives triumphed at Leicester Vipers. Picture: PAUL COX

Paul Cox

Head coach Phil Brown toasted the most satisfying success yet for super St Ives.

The table-topping Bulls triumphed 29-3 at third-placed Leicester side Vipers last Saturday despite spending much of the big Midlands Division Three East (South) game under siege from their hosts.

It was a victory which stretched their winning streak in all competitions this season to 12 games and maintained a three-point cushion at the league summit.

Brown said: “The lads all knew the importance of getting a result. To achieve it with such a fine performance – taking their chances and not conceding a try – is very pleasing.”

Player-coach John Naylor provided the breakthrough before Paul Ashbridge produced a classy individual try as a smart start reaped rewards for St Ives.

The hosts responded by piling on the pressure as they attempted to cut their arrears and were eventually rewarded with a penalty.

But that proved to be their only source of points as they were met by some terrific defensive work from the Bulls, who managed to break out to extend their advantage when Mickey Drake combined with Ashbridge before touching down for a third try.

St Ives’ defence continued to stand strong under repeated attack in a second period in which Ashbridge provided all the remaining points.

He guided over a penalty before securing a bonus point when following up his second try with a third successful conversion.

Captain Ollie Bartlett said: “To play like we did and take all five available league points from Vipers was beyond our expectations.”

St Ives host mid-table Stockwood Park at Somersham Road this Saturday, 2.15pm.

Another local team continued their perfect league start without even having to take to the field last Saturday.

Table-topping St Neots received a Midlands Division Four East (South) walkover when opponents Bedford Swifts failed to raise a side for the clash at The Common.

St Neots go to Lincolnshire side Bourne this Saturday.

Huntingdon crashed to their heaviest defeat of the season. Damien Whales’ side drew a blank when being thumped 57-0 at Old Northamptonians in Midlands Division One East.

They will look for a response when they entertain Oundle at The Racecourse this Saturday, 2.15pm.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hunts Post visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hunts Post staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hunts Post account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:54

A convicted robber has been jailed for eight years after he was caught by DNA from his hat which he had left behind after the gunpoint hold-up of a shop in Buckden.

Yesterday, 14:59

A retirement home has given the future generations of Huntingdon a glimpse into life in the town in 2018 by inviting school children to help bury a time capsule on site.

Yesterday, 12:08

The number of people caught with guns and knives in Huntingdonshire has increased by more than a third, according to the latest police recorded crime statistics.

Yesterday, 10:09

Patients visiting Hinchingbrooke Hospital will now benefit from new wheelchairs, thanks to a donation from individuals and local groups.


County Windows, with showrooms in St Ives and Willingham, can offer unpressured and expert advice on all their uPVC windows and Solidor composite doors, of which they are now a leading installer.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Hunts Post weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy