St Ives fade as the fatigue sets in during defeat at Dunstablians


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St Ives were left to reflect on a final 15 minutes to forget after suffering a heavy defeat last Saturday.

They went down 48-15 at Dunstablians in Midlands Division Three East (South) although more than half of the hosts’ points arrived in the last quarter-of-an-hour.

The Bulls, who were forced into an incredible 11 changes to their starting line-up and handed debuts to Under 17 players Will Nelson and Jack Robinson, and rugby league convert Liam Harrison, had earlier given a fine account of themselves.

Ollie Bartlett eased them ahead with a pushover try converted by Jim Robinson, who later kicked a penalty to ensure the sides were deadlocked 10-10 at the interval.

Bartlett went over again during the second period to reduce St Ives’ arrears to five points and leave the outcome of the contest in the balance.

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But, as the fatigue set in, St Ives had no answer to four quickfire Dunstablians tries as they suffered a sad end to a stirring effort.

The second-bottom Bulls host second-placed Long Buckby this Saturday (2.15pm) in their final fixture of 2015.

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