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No answer to classy Droitwich outfit

BERKSWELL started brightly with Droitwich on the back-foot in the opening exchanges and finding it difficult to get their flowing game together.

Midlands 2 West (South)
Droitwich 49 - 8 Berkswell & Balsall

BERKSWELL started brightly with Droitwich on the back-foot in the opening exchanges and finding it difficult to get their flowing game together.

The scores were locked at 0-0 until the 25th minute, when Droitwich exploited an overlap down the right-hand side to go over for a try. The home full-back, who was in good kicking form, converted.

Berkswell came back with a Paul Scott penalty, but a penalty reply by the home side, followed by a converted try gave Droitwich a 17-3 lead at the turn-around.

An unconverted try and a penalty extended their advantage as the home three-quarters turned on the style and exposed Berkswell’s defensive frailties.

Two further converted tries either side of the 60 minute mark made it 39-3 and the B’s were looking at a heavy reverse.

An unconverted try to Droitwich extended their lead further, but Berkswell showed their mettle when putting some extended pressure on the home try-line.

After a sequence of offences by the Droitwich defence, the referee awarded B’s a penalty try. Droitwich had the final say though, with an unconverted try two minutes from time.

Midlands 2 West (South)
Old Coventrians 24 - 8 Silhillians

THE visitors got off to the worst possible start as some soft tackling and strong running took the home side 5-0 up within the first five minutes.

This was doubled soon after and a further penalty, resulting in a yellow card for scrum-half Harry Law, was countered by a Dave Grey effort to leave the score at 15-3 at half-time.

What bright patches there were proved to be short-lived, as indiscipline allowed Old Covs to keep the scoreboard ticking over with a succession of penalty attempts.

A late consolation score by Peter Nicholls was scant consolation for the supporters.

Division 3 West (North)
Old Yards 14 - 8 Telford Hornets

IN A scrappy opening, the visitors took a 3-0 lead on 22 minutes following an offside at a scrum. This was soon followed by a try for Telford.

The home side began to exploit their forward superiority and good breaks were made by the back row of Ben Honey, Steve Grainger and Rob Willis.

At the restart, Richard Withey came on at prop for Aaron Foy and, with 23 minutes gone in the second half, following a scrum five yards out, Telford were driven back and forced to collapse. Honey converted the resulting penalty try.

The 40 minute mark passed, and three minutes into stoppage time, last gasp possession on the half way line enabled Grainger to make the all important break in broken play. He fed Honey, who put the supporting Jamie Walton clear for the winning try.

Honey made no mistake with the conversion.

Birmingham Exiles (2nds) 19 Essington (2nds) 17

Winger Dean Cross opened the scoring with a try that was converted.

Although the visitors kicked a penalty the Exiles were having the better of the set scrums and, making more use of the possession gained, scored again when number eight Ben Appleton went on a storming solo run from 35 metres out, crossing the line and cutting in to the posts for a try converted by Lindsay.

A penalty was then tapped and a concerted drive ended with flanker Ryan Russell squeezing over in the right corner.

The visitors, though, still had plenty to say and a try and conversion from Adam Smith set up a nail biting final few minutes.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
Multimedia Journalist
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