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EXILES started well but then had to withstand a strong attack from the hosts.

Midlands West 4 (South)
Evesham 47 - 0 Birmingham Exiles

EXILES started well but then had to withstand a strong attack from the hosts. Ten minutes in, Evesham set the scoreboard in motion when outside centre Richard Mojer looped around his winger to score in the left corner.

Exiles competed well for the next fifteen minutes before home fullback Mike Diston added a penalty, and then another. Soon after Ben Holm crossed in the corner for a try, converted by Diston.

On the stroke of half time Exiles’ Avery was sin-binned for stamping. Down to 14 men, Exiles endured a torrid opening ten minutes of the second half. Holm scored a second try in the right corner, then following a five-metre scrum close to the visitors line, left winger Matt Groves went over on the corner, Diston again goaling well.

A quick throw-in by Exiles went awry and Holm picked up the loose ball and went to the posts for his hat-trick try which Diston duly converted. Another home try in the corner, this time from substitute right-winger Chim Gale, took the hosts past the forty-point mark.

The final score came from lively home scum half Darren Hunter, who grabbed the ball from a scrum and went over the line.

Midlands 2 West (North)
Old Saltleians 43 - 10 Ashborne

THE hosts were quick to use their downhill advantage and forced a penalty within the first two minutes. Yet despite this early pressure, Ashborne were unable to make much headway into the game, with possession and territory equally distributed.

Salts dominated the line-outs with some great work from Cousins, Mitch and Adam Lee. Continued impact and good hands between the backs resulted in a penalty which James Mason took to level the score.

Salts had the downhill advantage in the second half and used it to the full. Great moves were coming thick and fast, including a great move from Andrew Buck, which allowed Tom Lee to open his account, Mason converting.

Not to be outdone, Merritt took the ball from a line out and driven by Buck, was soon peeling off to cross the line for another converted try. Lee found his speed from the kick off and players had barely regrouped when he was over the line again.

Some great cross field play started by Chris Newman and Nick Vaughan left Turner with the chance to finally find touch.

Lee achieved his hat-trick before, in the dying moments, adding a further to his tally to wrap up a comfortable victory.

Midlands Division One West
Leamington 3 - 9 Camp Hill

AFTER a run of seven consecutive defeats over a three month period, Camp Hill finally recorded a victory in their fourth successive away league fixture.

In a match that is unlikely to remain in the memory bank for too long, a 19th minute penalty from the Leamington fly half Tom Secher gave the hosts the lead.

After a couple of try-scoring chances went astray, Camp Hill pressure brought two penalties in quick succession, which were gratefully accepted by centre Ian Briggs.

Taking a 6-3 advantage into the second period Camps were put under pressure early on as the home side dominated possession.

Eventually play reverted back into the host’s territory and Camps’ efforts were again rewarded with a penalty, which Briggs eagerly converted to open the gap to six points.

Leamington tried everything in the final ten minutes to conjure up the all important try, but the visitor’s defence stayed intact right up to the final whistle.

National Division One
Ladies Camp Hill 36 - 19 Olney

IT WAS another try bonanza as Camp Hill consolidated their top spot in the league with a fine five try victory over Olney.

With good weather and a fast pitch, it took just five minutes for vice captain Lucy Pollard to score her first of two tries. There were then two tries for Jo Hart, as she powered through the hapless defence. To Olney’s credit, they put in some well worked phases of play to get their own tries, but Camp Hill’s determination saw them power to a clear victory. A fine final score from Karen Coleman on the wing, who broke through three defenders, secured victory.



Cathrina Hulse
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