Wednesday, 02 December 2020

Dominance fails to pay off as Abbey slip into relegation zone

ABBEY had a frustrating afternoon at Milton Keynes on Saturday where they lost a game they were capable of winning, despite dominating the forward battle and the set pieces.

The result leaves them in the relegation zone in Southern Counties North, two points adrift of fourth from bottom Wallingford.

It took Milton Keynes less than two minutes to prise open the Abbey defence, number eight Daniel Rolfe running in unopposed under the posts after a break from scrum half Rob Lasbrey. Skipper Phil Powell added the simple conversion.

After this, the game soon developed into a battle between Abbey’s stronger pack and the sharper home backs. Milton Keynes possessed two dangerous wings in Scott Aspinall and Dan Pearson and during the course of the first half both of them caused Abbey problems. Up front Abbey were always in control as the pack put constant pressure on the Milton Keynes scrum and the mauling and rucking was impressive.

Abbey applied pressure, driving back a home scrum and allowing number eight Mike Beckley to make ground before a clever cross kick from Dye almost found wing Steve Warwick inside the home 22. However, prop Ollie Charlton was yellow-carded after 25 minutes, but even in his absence Abbey continued to look the better side up front.

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