Birmingham Civil Service 5 Birmingham Exiles 10 THE two clubs whose grounds are separated by mere yards were divided by a single try on Saturday.
And it was the Exiles who continued their fine start to the season with a narrow victory over local rivals Civil Service.
Birthday boy Ryan Russell was the hero as his try proved crucial.
E's were full of confidence after an impressive cup win over Clee Hill and it showed in the early exchanges.
Service missed a penalty after 10 minutes but on the half hour Exiles struck. Scrum half Andy Root launched a counter attack which ended with open side flanker Russell taking the final pass and just making it over the line for a try which was well converted by full back Tom Patrick.
Craig Lea crashed over the line for the hosts to reduce E's lead but just before half time Root blasted over an easy penalty to end the scoring and wrap up the win.
Tomorrow it is back to cup action for Exiles as Hanford, from Stoke-on-Trent, come to Bickenhill for the second round of the EDF Energy Junior Vase
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