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Old Yards battle to the end

Midlands 3 West (North)

Midlands 3 West (North)

Old Yardleians 7 - 11 Veseyans

In a tight and defensive match, with few scoring opportunities for either side, Old Yards can be proud of their performance against a top of the table team.

Veseyans scored first through a penalty but it took them until just before half time to get the game’s first try.

Soon in the second though, pressure increased on the visitors and OYs got their reward as Pearce went between the posts. A single penalty for Veseyans saw them take a narrow lead, which they just about held on until the final whistle.

Midlands 2 West (South)

Old Laurentians 28 - 10 Silhillians

The Sils fell to their first league defeat of the season, as an assured second-half performance by Old Laurentians shut the door on any comeback heroics by the visitors.

Sils scored the first try of the match through Dave Grey, but OLs managed to get one back against the run of play just before half time.

The second-half saw the home team step up a gear and the scoreboard started ticking over, gradually taking the game away from the Sils.

Midlands 2 West (South)

Earlsdon 25 - 20 Berkswell & Balsall

Berkswell out-scored Earlsdon by three tries to one, but went down overall due to an excellent kicking exhibition from Earlsdon’s Tom Kendal.

He kicked six penalties and a conversion to seal victory for the home side after Berkswell had again made a slow start, finding themselves 22-3 down at half time.

But a second half comeback, seeing Craig Mills, Roman Coombes and Jamie Knott all go over, saw Berkswell come tantalisingly close to a super victory.

Midlands 2 West (North)

Old Salts 25 - 7 Ashbourne

The home team started strongly and within minutes, Duncan Taylor had broken through the line off and passed to Tom Lee who scored under the posts.

Ashbourne hit back with a try and score of their own to set up an exciting second period - but it was in fact a very tight second half which followed.

As the game drew to a close, some great play from Luke Turner saw Lee collect the ball and run over for the second time, sealing the points for the home side. The last play of the game saw Turner go over the line himself to add the icing.

Midlands Division 1 (West)

Camp Hill 14 - 3 Old Halesonians

After losing their first four league matches this season, Camp Hill made it five wins out of the last six with a narrow but highly satisfying result. Rob Obeng-Manu and Sam Yarwood scored the vital tries for the Shirley side.

Midlands 4 West (South)

Dudley Wasps 17 - 7 Birmingham Exiles

Birmingham Exiles once more saw a good early start fail to pay dividends as their basement battle at Dudley Wasps ended in favour of the home side.

E’s could hardly have started better, when winger Dean Loveridge showed an excellent turn of speed to outflank the defence to score in the corner. Wasps hit back though themselves with two penalties and a try to take a 17-7 lead into the break.

Effective defences and mistakes in possession by both sides in the second half saw neither side able to add to the score.

Midlands 1 West

Burton 69 - 0 Solihull

Solihull once again found themselves facing a much larger pack and an opposition back line with National League experience.

A high first half deficit could have so easily turned into a second half rout, but Solihull’s ever improving fitness and constant determination limited Burton to only three further scores after the break


Camp Hill 22 - 5 Loughborough

Despite playing out of position due to injury, Camp Hill’s top scorer Jo Hart extended her try tally by four in this physical encounter against Loughborough.



Cathrina Hulse
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