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Kidderminster Carolians 27 - 37 Banbury Bulls

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2014 07:58pm
Bodicote, Cherwell
By Ed Phillips
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This much anticipated clash between the two in form teams in Midlands 2 West (South) did not disappoint, and credit must go to both sides for putting on a ten try thriller in really difficult conditions.

The strong wind was always going to have an effect on the game and Kiddy took advantage of this in the first half, playing with the wind at their backs. Kiddy took the lead after 10 mins, through some well organised tight play from their pack, enabling Lock Alex Baldwin the chance to crash over under the posts. Ed Phillips charged down the conversion attempt to keep it to 5-0. Banbury’s Chris Phillips handed Kiddy their second try when he tried to find Josh Deegan with a long loopy pass that was picked off by Deegan’s opposite man, Laurence Hughes, who ran in unopposed, the extras were added.

Credit should go to Banbury for not capitulating and started working hard and effectively into the near gale force wind. Banbury gained field position from their own 22 with a break made by fly-half Alex Fogavini (pictured), Banbury maintained possession, the ball was fed to Ernie Ell who ran a hard line at his opposite man who dripped off the tackle and Ell ran through from the 22 to dot down.

Banbury started to get their tails up and were next to score through James Heywood, returning from his 3 week suspension, when he took the ball from skipper Phillips and crashed through 2 or 3 tackles and placed the ball over the line. With 5 minutes left in the first half Banbury piled on the pressure again and Ed Phillips took a quick tap and wrestled through Kiddy’s tight head prop and just got the ball on the line, with the wind in their faces all 3 conversation were near impossible and ‘Foggy’ did not add any extras. Kiddy entered the half time break on level terms by kicking a penalty making it 15-15.

Banbury started the second half strongly with Foggy making a break 40 meters from the line and running through under the posts, this time slotting the conversation. It was Banbury to get the next score, again created by Foggy who grubbered through, Heyward won the foot race and dotted down, Foggy missing the conversion made it 27-15 to Banbury. Almost identically to the first half, the team who had gone behind and playing into the strong wind rallied and started to take control of the game. Banbury’s discipline let them down at this point, highlighted by blindside flanker Sam Mills being yellow carded, with the man advantage Kiddy scored twice in the 10 minute period to level the game at 27-27.

Banbury, now back to 15 men, sorted the discipline and got their hands on the ball for the first time in what seemed a long 10 mins. Banbury entered the Kiddy 22 and had a two man overlap on the left, Carl Daniels went over in the corner and ran round under the posts meaning Foggy could convert. Banbury were back in the Kiddy 22 moments later and came away with 3 points through a penalty giving them a 10 point lead going into the last 5 mins. They held on and won the tightly faught match 37-27 and taking the 4 try bonus point came away with 5 league points.

Banbury need to improve their discipline and patterns of play if they are to come away with a win on Wednesday in the Oxfordshire Cup against Grove (third time lucky due to weather postponements). The kick off is at 7:45pm at Bodicote Park, but the form they are showing at the moment would suggest they will learn from the few mistakes they made.

That makes it 5 wins out of 5 for the Bulls in 2014.

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