Camp Hill 12 Walsall 18
CAMP Hill’s lack of recent success continued with this disappointing result in their final home Midlands Division One West game of the year.
Making a bright enough start, two penalties from centre Ian Briggs gave the home support some encouragement. The visitors gradually began to show their mettle, which eventually led to a penalty try, converted by fly half Tom Archer.
Briggs’ penalty put Camps back to 9-7 but Walsall gained the lead when tight head prop Jody Lane registered a try. Archer missed the conversion but then kicked his second penalty to give Walsall breathing space.
Old Laurentians 32 Berkswell & Balsall 0
BERKSWELL’S recent run of good form came to end in Rugby as Old Laurentians put them to the sword with an effective display of running rugby in Midlands 2 West (South).
Turning around 20-0 down, any hopes Berkswell may have harboured of getting back into the game quickly were shattered with OL’s fourth try on 44 minutes.
Silhillians 18 Bedworth 23
THE tone for this Midlands 2 West (South) fixture was set from the kick-off, Bedworth driving straight into the home-side’s 22 and penning the Sils pack in the corner with some aggressive forward play.
A resulting penalty was taken quickly, and the Bedworth No. 8 drove over for the first score.
Fly-half Dave Grey managed to reduce the lead to four shortly after, but another penalty from the Bedworth goal-kicker saw them take a seven point lead. Sils had an excellent period of pressure just before half time and levelled the scores after the scrum drove over for the score.
With the penalty count continuing to mount the opposition quickly pushed their lead out to six points with two punishing kicks at goal. Bedworth snatched another with four left on the clock and despite a score coming via Jim Roper for Berkswell, Bedworth ran off winners.
Old Salts 43 Dixonians 0
WITH both teams third in the Midlands 2 West (North) this promised to be an exciting game - but no one could have guessed the final score.
Salts soon got into their stride, displaying excellent work in the line-out and scrum. Sam Turner opened the scoring with a try, soon to be followed by another from Chris Davies. Shortly before half time, Davies went over again.
Duncan Taylor soon chalked up a try to start the next assault on the scoreboard. Tom Lee then paced the defence to score a converted try after a cross field kick and then was soon running across the pitch to touch down for his second try.
As the game was drawing to a close, prop Nathan Merritt made a run for the line but generously off loaded to skipper and birthday boy Chris Newman, allowing him to score.
Old Yards 22 Handsworth 10
ERRATIC finishing and dogged opposition defence kept the home side out until the 30th minute, when a quick ball from a set scrum was snapped up by winger Pearce, to score a well deserved unconverted try in this Midlands 3 (West/North) match.
Handsworth came straight back, but just before half time, the visitors were penalised for killing the ball. Walton converting the penalty to bring the score to 8-3 at the break.
Handsworth began to get back into the game as the home side faltered, and after 25 minutes they took the lead with a converted try. Only four minutes later though, Hendricks regained the lead for Old Yards with an unconverted try.
This time Old Yards maintained their grip, and further pressure in the Handsworth half resulted in three further penalties in quick succession.
Southam 34 Edwardians 12
Southam ran in two tries before half time in this Midlands 3 West (South) fixture.
Shortly after the break, the best move of the game saw Lloyd go over for the visitors. They added to their tally through captain Luke Mason, who showed good pace to run the length of the pitch and score under the posts.
Yet soon after the Southam forwards began to dominate and they managed to keep the points ticking over and win the game.
Camp Hill Ladies 31 Altringham Kersal 0
CAMP Hill ended 2009 in second place in the league after this fine victory.
A mistake in the Kersal defence saw Alice Smith score her first Camp Hill try. Not to be out done, her second row partner Leanne Ashworth also crossed the line as she found herself on the end of some good handling. Top try scorer Jo Hart added to her tally with her trade mark run through the hapless defence.
In the second half Camps again dominated, Lucy Pollard going over with a fine individual run. In the last play of the game, Hart got her second as well as guaranteeing a bonus point for the team.
Birmingham Exiles 5 Manor Park 19
Exiles made visitors Manor Park work extremely hard for their fourth successive league win in Midlands West 4 (South).
The home side spent the opening minutes camped out in Manor Park’s territory but could not make it tell.
Both teams started the second half pointless, but Manor Park upped the pace and eventually the pressure told with second row Tom Hill charging over for a try, converted by Dan Joyce.
Manor Park soon had two more tries and despite a late try from Exiles through flanker Elliott Johnstone, Park were the worthy winners.