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Claverdon 56 – 6 Atherstone

Midland 4 West (South)

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2014 06:46pm
Atherstone, North Warwickshire
By Julie Douglas
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A hard fought first fifty minutes took its toll on the men in black leaving them unable to respond to the late barrage of attacks thrown at them by their hosts. The score line does not reflect the majority of the match which saw Atherstone spending periods of time deep in Claverdon’s territory seeking to cross the line and holding their own line with stout defence. Speaking after the match coach Nick Cameron said ‘Today was a frustrating day and watching the last thirty minutes was difficult to say the least. There are however a number of positives. Firstly no-one should forget that the first fifty minutes saw an extremely close contest. This was a hard fought game against a very much improved Claverdon side.’ The home side opened their account first with an unconverted try within the first three minutes. Indiscipline from the South Warwickshire men gave Andy Redman the opportunity to kick to posts for three points. After a period of great defence from the visitors with outstanding tackling from the men in black another indiscretion from the hosts gave Redman an opportunity to edge his side ahead. His well struck kick from just inside half way had the distance but went wide of the posts. Claverdon proved to be the stronger of the two packs and used this advantage to good effect. A mistake at the back of the scrum gave the home side their second try of the match which went unconverted. With the bit between their teeth the home side launched a series of attacks into Atherstone’s territory however solid defence forced an infringement from the hosts thus allowing the men in black to clear their lines. Another infringement gave Redman the opportunity to cut the deficit with a successful penalty kick. A successful penalty kick from the home side saw them take a 13-6 lead into the half time break. Claverdon opened the second half with two converted tries in quick succession. Undeterred at having fallen behind by twenty-one points, Atherstone launched their own attack only to be met with a rock-solid defensive line. A breakaway unconverted try was the turning point in what had been a well contested match. Claverdon went from strength to strength whilst the men in black could be seen to be fading with a number of players continuing to play despite having picked up injuries due to the lack of replacements. Four further tries, two of which were converted put the hosts over the 50 point mark seeing them outright winners at 56-6. Reflecting on the game, Cameron stated ‘I am really proud of the way the boys spoke openly and honestly about the game in the post-match debrief showing excellent team spirit. All players are committed to sticking together through the ups and the downs that come with a club going through a transition period.’ The First team continue their league campaign on Saturday playing host to Coventrians.

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