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Camps look to end torrid run with cup of cheer

Camp Hill 9, Sutton Coldfield 16

Camp Hill 9, Sutton Coldfield 16

CAMP Hill's EDF Energy Intermediate Cup adventure has been re-ignited after Dunstablians were kicked out for fielding an ineligible player against the Shirley-based outfit.

It means that Camps will face Leighton Buzzard tomorrow (2pm) as they look to end a run of eight consecutive defeats.

Last week a late try from Steve McCormack piled more misery on them as they remained at the foot of Midlands Two West.

Camps led by a point with just eight minutes remaining but a late surge from the visitors give them the win.

Hooker Chris Pekble put Sutton ahead after five minutes before Camps centre Simon Edwards and the Sutton fly half Steve Piper exchanged a penalty apiece.

By the 55th minute Edwards had kicked two further penalties to put the hosts a point ahead.

Sutton threw everything at Camps but it seemed they would hold firm until eight minutes from time when Piper eased over his second penalty.

With such a close score the game was there to be won by either side but McCormack's late try settled the issue.

Birmingham Exiles 15, Claverdon 9

FIRST half tries from Wayne Burns and Gareth Holloway moved Birmingham Exiles to within just three points of Midlands West 6 (SW) leaders Bromyard.

It was the third time this season that E's have come through on the back of a scoreless second 40 after a dominant first half performance.

Inside centre Elliott Johnstone kicked an early penalty goal but visiting scrum half Ian Wiley levelled the scores a few minutes later.

After breaking down a Claverdon attack the ball was sprayed wide to Burns who crossed over for the first try of the game.

Exiles defended well but then conceded a penalty which Wiley goaled to cut the gap to two points.

Within two minutes Holloway added another try which Johnstone converted to give the hosts a 15-6 half time lead.

After the break Claverdon fought hard to get back into the game but only had a Wiley penalty to show for their efforts.

Exiles host Coventrians a week on Saturday.

Stoke 19 Solihull 17

A LATE lapse of concentration saw Solihull give away a 10-point lead and suffer their sixth defeat of the season.

The Midlands Two West side were cruising at half time but a scoreless second 40 ended their hopes of victory.

Stoke had taken an early lead but the visitors hit back with a touchdown from left winger Phil Evans.

Minutes later scrum half Dave Edwards put Solihull in front with a well worked try before Aaron Higgins took an interception pass to run in a try under the posts which he converted himself.

After the break Stoke looked determined to claw back a 10-point deficit and a series of probing attacks eventually saw the hosts score in the corner.

Solihull thought they had held firm until with two minutes to go their lost their own scrum ball allowing the home side to touch down a try which was converted to give Stoke a narrow winning margin.

Their next league game is on November 29 at home to Sutton Coldfield.



Cathrina Hulse
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