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Birmingham Exiles 10 Stoke Old Boys 17

TWO consecutive defeats has left Birmingham Exiles a little deflated despite an impressive start to the season.

TWO consecutive defeats has left Birmingham Exiles a little deflated despite an impressive start to the season.

Their unbeaten run of four games was ended two weeks ago when Clee Hill beat the Bickenhill side in Midlands Division Six and last week they were knocked out of the EDF Energy Junior Vase by Stoke Old Boys.

The home pack battled valiantly against a bigger visiting eight, but were undone by two quick scores early in the second half.

A penalty from Rory Jordan opened the scoring for Stoke Old Boys who ply their trade in Midlands Five West (south) - one league above the E's.

But inside centre Elliott Johnstone levelled the scores after missing an earlier kick.

Both sides struggled for ascendancy in the remainder of the half but after the break two converted tries from Tom Stokes, who had replaced Jordan at stand off, effectively wrapped up the game.

Old Boys looked more confident and their forwards were driving hard in open play but the hosts threatened to get back into the game when Andy Root improved flanker Ben Thompson's try.

Stoke stuck to their task and despite winning a few late penalties there was no way through for the E's.

 

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