Birmingham Exiles 28
Coventry Technical 13
AT the second time of asking, Exiles recorded their first win at their new home at Old Damson Lane in a league encounter with Coventry Technical.
The visitors certainly brought some bulk up front but the home eight performed excellently and E’s reaped the rewards.
The two teams swapped penalties before Alex Warrilow kicked a second to give them the lead.
With two minutes to go to the break, the home side posted an excellent score, the ball finding left winger Matt Grime from a line out who rounded his opposing winger to cross for a try that was well converted by Warrillow
Warrillow extended E’s lead with another penalty goal early in the second half.
Tech had a forward sin-binned and E’s pack duly capitalised as they forced the visitors scrum backwards on the latter’s put in.
The ball squirted into the in-goal area, Tech’s defence failed to deal with it and open side flanker Nathan Johnstone dived on the loose ball to claim the try.
Soon after came a third try for Exiles, as elusive inside centre James Shackleton sidestepped two defenders and dummied before crossing between the posts for a try that Warrillow improved.
Coventry hit back with a couple of tries but Exiles weathered the storm and held out for the remaining minutes to record a deserved victory at their new HQ.