EDF Midlands Junior Vase: Round 2
Birmingham Exiles 8 – 43 Rushden & Higham
Birmingham Exiles found their Northants visitors, who came with a 100 percent record, in lively form.
E’s, with a number of first choice players still on the injury list, were forced to make positional changes and, despite some gallant efforts, spent much of the game in their own half.
Three first half tries took Rushden 16 points clear, and despite an early try by Wayne Burns for the E’s early in the second, Rushden soon responded with their own. Three scores in the last 15 minutes completed an emphatic win for the visitors.
Midlands Division One West
Camp Hill 12 – 7 Leamington
A fascinating tussle between two sides whose defences were stretched to the limit eventually saw Camp Hill collect the points to register their third win in four weeks.
Alex Cook received the ball from fly half Liam Morrissy, who went over the line to score in the first half, while the all important winning try was taken by Chris Goddard.
Midlands 2 West (South)
Bedworth 22 – 22 Berkswell & Balsall
Fourteen-man Bedworth managed to hang on for a draw in an open and exiting game at the Rectory Fields.
The game swung in favour of first one team and then the other, as both sides strived for the win. The sending off of the Bedworth hooker just before halftime gave Berkswell a major advantage, but Bedworth tied the scores with a late penalty to take a share of the spoils.
RFU Intermediate Cup
Silhillians 5 – 15 Lichfield RUFC
The Sils experienced their first defeat of the season against an upbeat Lichfield side. A well-worked try, finished in style by prop Mark Parry, was scant consolation for the home side. Three tries from the visitors proved enough to secure the victory and progression to the next round of the Intermediate Cup.
Walsall 32 – 27 Solihull
Trailing 15-6 at halftime, Solihull’s best display of the season saw them gain a 20-27 lead with ten minutes remaining. However, over enthusiastic use of the contents of the referee’s pocket saw Solihull receive two yellow cards in this final section of the game, contributing to a last minute try for Walsall and a frustrating defeat for the visitors.
Camp Hill 31 – 21 Olney
Karen Coleman, who was just coming back from injury, was the match winner as she ran in four tries during the game and was unlucky not to get a fifth in the dying minutes.
Not to be out done, top try scorer Jo Hart also got one.
For the last 20 minutes however, Camp’s superior fitness brought results in what turned out to be a very physical encounter.