BIRMINGHAM Exiles fought back with a vengeance, with a stirling second-half performance to turn around their game at Alcester.
At half-time the E’s went in 13-0 down, the hosts scoring two tries and kicking a penalty in the first half. The visitors were forced to play with 14 men temporarily as Adam Pinfield was yellow carded for an illegal tackle.
The E’s dug their heels in and doggedly defended to prevent any further points being conceded. An explosive start to the second half saw the Exiles score almost from the off. E’s number eight Gareth Holloway went down for a try with Dan Johnstone converting.
The score served as a palpable confidence boost to the Exiles, five minutes later they came within a point of Alcester when Holloway got his second try after a 12 metre rolling maul. The home side maintained their appetite for attack, and at time the Exiles defence was frantic, although effective, in keeping Alcester out. However the home side’s discipline let them down. Along with having a player yellow carded for dissent they gave away multiple penalties, one of which was kicked by Johnstone to put the E’s into the lead. Full of confidence, the E’s struck again, captain Holloway completing his hat-trick of tries after he charged over from the base of a scrum.
Alcester made an attempt to get back into the game, but were foiled by the E’s defence. Finally the game was put to bed by Pinfield who scored in the corner to take the E’s second half tally to 25 points.
The Exiles have a break from their league campaign this weekend as they entertain Old Yardleyans in a friendly.
Birmingham Exiles RFC always welcome new players: contact Andy Root on 07779 054770 or Martin Whateley on 0121 378 3446.