LATE HEARTBREAK: Doncaster Knights 21 Bedford Blues 22
WHEN you sit at the foot of the table, Lady Luck has a stubborn intention to refuse to smile upon you.
The Knights felt the full force of hard luck as they were denied a deserved win with the last kick of the game against Bedford.
Brett Davey’s side battled superbly to contain free running Bedford for the majority of the clash.
But a converted try from Josh Bassett in the tenth minute of added time ensured a narrow win for the high-flyers.
The final result was even more harsh given it came after perhaps the best performance of the season from the Knights.
While not pretty, it was effective as they denied the usually aesthetically-pleasing opposition the chance to get into their stride.
The confidence given from the show in the first 85 minutes of a clash that went ten minutes over will be incredibly valuable in helping an effort to get off the foot of the table.
The Knights started superbly and took the game to an opposition who relish the opportunity to spread the ball quickly across the pitch.
This high intensity response from Doncaster prevented Bedford from finding any real rhythm throughout the contest.
The hosts were rewarded for their pressure with a 19th minute try from Dom Parsons which Jamie Lennard converted.
Jake Sharp pulled a penalty back for Bedford just after the half hour with the score in the tight clash remaining at 7-3 until the break.
The game looked to be slipping away from the Knights as Bedford started the second half strongly, grabbing their first try on 51 minutes when Brendan Burke rose to his feet after being chopped down to charge over, Sharp converting.
The Knights responded superbly and once again took the game to their visitors.
The pressure told with Neal Cochrane sin binned following repeated infringements.
And the Knights edged back in front a minute later when Brian McGovern completed a catch and drive move, Lennard adding the extras.
Doncaster looked to have cemented their advantage on 69 minutes after a superb individual try from Dante Mama.
The Zimbabwean intercepted the ball just inside his own half and charged clear unopposed to score under the posts and leave a simple conversion for Lennard.
Bedford punished the most slack period of play from the Knights on 77 minutes with Ricky Reeves after the ball was moved out wide.
A missed conversion left the visitors needing a converted try for the win.
And they piled on the pressure in the remaining time, which stretched on and on.
There seemed to be an inevitability that Bedford would score as they banged on the door through the line out and scrum.
That feeling grew when Tom Davies was yellow carded after an infringement in the ruck nine minutes into added time.
Within a minute the game was over.
The resistance was broken finally with Bassett squeezing over in a position which left Sharp with a high pressure yet simple conversion to secure victory.
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