Camp Hill 21
Old Laurentians 3
WITH three disallowed tries and several spilled passes, this could have been a much bigger victory than it turned out to be.
Old Laurentians took the lead after four minutes with a penalty from fly half Denzil Evans. Ian Briggs levelled the score with his first penalty after 15 minutes.
Camps’ pressure eventually brought due reward in first half stoppage time when the hosts’ forward power in their opponents’ “22” saw them drive over for hooker Adam Willis to register his first try this term. Briggs added the conversion to make it 10 - 3 at the break.
The pattern of the game remained similar to that in the first period but the visitors’ brave defence limited their hosts to a 54th minute penalty from Briggs. A catch and drive from a lineout on the left quickly released attacking ball through to the middle of the line from where full back Simon Edwards took it on and over for his season’s seventh try.
Briggs’ kick went wide but he atoned five minutes later with his third penalty and despite a late Old L’s flourish, Camps’ defence was solid as they recorded their fourth successive league victory.
On Saturday Camp Hill travel to Worcester Wanderers in Midlands Division One West. Kick Off is at 2.15 p.m.
Manor Park 18
Birmingham Exiles 7
EXILES showed much improvement despite losing to Nuneaton’s Manor Park.
Defensive errors initially cost the E’s as they first lost possession in a ruck to concede a try and then allowed Park to twice more breach their defences.
The E’s put a good attacking move together, Loveridge was unlucky not to score. A penalty goal for the hosts gave them an 18 point advantage.
Just before half time, E’s spirits were raised by a try from Mark Lisle. Fran Pugh added the extras with a conversion. However they would prove to be the last points of the game.
The Exiles will hope to build on their improved performance in a friendly against Droitwich 2nds this weekend.
Berkswell and Balsall 8
IT was a third fruitless trip to Worcestershire in five weeks for Berkswell as they turned in an error strewn performance.
Kidderminster started with a penalty in the first four minutes, but as B’s settled down they found holes in the home defence. A break down the wing by Phil Allport ended with a brave dive for a try, giving Berkswell a slender lead after 11 minutes.
The home side were mostly on top however and a long period of territorial dominance saw them camped in the visitors’ half. A second penalty was all they had to show for it.
As the half drew to a close the Kidderminster outside half kicked a drop goal to out his side 9-5 at the turnaround.
A Kidderminster penalty after 52 minutes was cancelled out by one from Berkswell three minutes later. It was the hosts who finished strongly with a second drop-goal and a try in injury time, from which the successful conversion was the final kick of the game.
Camp Hill Ladies 74
Carlisle Ladies 12
CAMP Hill Ladies continued their push for the top of National One with an excellent victory against league newcomers Carlisle.
From the off, Carlisle took the game to Camps, forcing the home side to give away several penalties. The resulting yards gave the visitors a strong position from which to attack, and they were the first team to draw blood with an unconverted five points.
Quick to compose themselves from the restart, Camp Hill played some excellent aggressive rugby and were soon two points ahead as full back Kath Hamilton using her lightening pace to weave through Carlisle’s defence and give Kath Adie two points with the conversion.
The winning scoreline seemed to have a settling effect on Camps and the tries soon came raining in as moves from both the forwards and backs as well as excellent handling, saw gaps opening up all over the pitch and so the tries followed.
Top try scorer Jo Hart took five tries, followed closely by Vice-Captain Lucy Pollard’s three. Captain Becci Lewis made it two tries in as many weeks as some lovely handling saw the ball reach her on the wing.
To Carlisle’s credit they continued to test Camps all game, and were rewarded late in the second half when a missed tackle saw their scrum half cross the home sides’ line to make the final score 74-12.
Camp Hill look to go second in the league next Sunday as they take on old foes Waterloo. Kick off is at 2pm at Haslucks Green Road.