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CAMP HILL threw it all away after leading 28-27 at half time, as Sutton Coldfield found an extra gear in the closing period.

Midlands One West
Sutton Coldfield 37 - 28 Camp Hill

CAMP HILL threw it all away after leading 28-27 at half time, as Sutton Coldfield found an extra gear in the closing period.

A penalty gave Sutton a slim lead before Camp Hill centre Ian Briggs raced in for a try which he converted himself.

Winger Sam Yarwood then took advantage of half hearted tackling to cross for a try which Briggs converted, stretching Camps’ lead to 14-6.

Sutton winger Matt Gillick then showed his pace to score an excellent try which Rowlands converted, which was soon followed by another from Chris Hanley.

However Sutton gifted an interception try to Camp Hill’s left wing Rob O’Beng Manu while Briggs converted, before another try came their way via Jermain Bernard.

With just a point in it, Sutton then pulled away with two quick tries and a penalty to win an evenly fought match.

* On Saturday Camp Hill entertain Dudley Kingswinford in their final match (3pm).

Midlands 2 West (North)
Dixonians 14 - 49 Old Saltleians

IT WAS a tentative start for both teams with a number of errors preventing either squad from gaining control.

The home side took the lead before Tommy Lee dived over for a converted try. Three kicks from James Mason saw Salts go into the lead and Chris Newman crossed the line twice to see them take a commanding lead.

Dixonians started the second half the better team, scoring an early try to put pressure on Salts. But the visitors hit back with a try of their own as Mason twisted and turned his way through tackles to reach the line.

Lee then took advantage of excellent work by the Turner brothers (Luke and Sam) and crossed the line under the posts. Luke himself then went over for another try to finish off the scoring.

* Salts final league game is a top of the table clash at home to Lichfield on Saturday (3pm).

Midlands West 4 (South)
Rugby Welsh 10 - 25 Birmingham Exiles

EXILES held on nervously for a vital victory in a basement battle in the league.

Elliott Johnstone kicked things off with a penalty for the E’s, before Wayne Burns scored two very important tries to take a convincing lead.

Dave Poles then broke through the defence for Exiles, but Rugby Welsh recorded their opening score with a try on the stroke of half time.

After the break Welsh carried on where they left off and scored a vital try just as Exiles were unlucky enough to have a second man yellow carded. Exiles had to dig deep as Welsh bombarded them with attacks. With 20 minutes to go, and back to 15 men, the decisive score came when a quick break out wide and great support from the Exiles pack saw number eight Gareth Holloway cruise through to score.

* Exiles face Keresley at home (3pm) on Saturday.

Other results:

Midlands 2 West (South)
Berkswell & Balsall 0 - 18 Old Laurentians

Midlands 2 West (South)
Bedworth 20 - 16 Silhillians
Salts (2nds) 3 - 48 Bridgnorth
Salts (2nds B) 40 - 3 Aston Old Edwardians

 

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