Midlands 3 West (North)
Old Yardleians 37 - 6 Wednesbury
BEN Honey, converted from a back row player into an outside half, was again the star performer as he orchestrated a convincing victory against Black Country visitors Wednesbury. Honey maintained his impeccable form with the boot by putting OY’s ahead with a well taken penalty, before another for each team left the scores at 6-3. Just before half time Old Yard’s scored a push over try, credited to Steve Grainger and converted by Honey. Supported by the kicking of Honey, two further tries from Andy Pearce and another from Jim Hendricks saw the home side sail to a comfortable victory.
Midlands 1 West
Stoke-on-Trent 14 - 16 Camp Hill
A RESULT that may have seen the hosts doomed to relegation brought a timely and well-deserved victory to Camp Hill. Simon Edwards sprinted down-field to open the scoring with a try, which was improved by Ian Briggs, but Stoke pulled one back just before half time through Simon Price. Three fine kicks by Briggs saw Camps take a comfortable looking lead in the second half, but with just a few minutes left on the clock, the home pack drove over to come within two points of Camp Hill. Thankfully for Camps they held on to their slight advantage until the end.
Midlands West 4 (South)
Birmingham Exiles 16 - 24 Alcester
EXILES battled well against a physically imposing side, and led twice, but three tries by the visitors in the final quarter of a rain-soaked encounter put the result beyond any doubt.
Dan Johnstone opened the scoring with a well taken penalty, then missed another, before slotting his third attempt between the posts. The visitors though edged ahead just before half time with a converted try.
Johnstone scored another penalty early in the second, but Alcester took the lead again with another converted score. Two further tries by the visitors took the game away from Exiles, but they did find the spirit to get a late try through Mike ‘Zammo’ Loughrey late on.
Midlands 3 West (South)
Edwardians 7 - 41 Pershore
AFTER losing to second-placed Pershore this week, it is likely that the Eds will now need to win two of their remaining three games to stay in the league. They did not get off to a good start, conceding two early tries in the corner after some slick hands by Pershore. But after steadying the ship and gaining momentum themselves, they managed to score when Dan Johnson broke the defence and went under the posts.
The second half saw Pershore change their tactics and everything went wide. Despite a spirited performance, Eds struggled to cope and lost by a heavy scoreline.
Midlands 2 West (South)
Berkswell & Balsall 7 - 3 Spartans
IN A dour match, in which two solid and committed teams locked horns in atrocious conditions, Berkswell edged out Spartans for two more precious league points. Most of the play was in the centre of the pitch, and with the gusting wind and wet slippery ball, neither side were able to muster a single first-half point between them.
When Spartans went ahead after the break, it was a case of whether they could hold on. But Berkswell continued their recent good run, by scoring the winning try with just seven minutes left after Frank Llewellyn touched down from a rolling maul.