Damaging Home Defeats for both Counties

North Midlands RFU

Last Updated: May 11, 2015 01:21pm
Evesham, Wychavon
By Paul Bolton
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NORTH Midlands and East Midlands both suffered damaging home defeats in the opening round of matches in this season’s County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup Second Division.

North Midlands, seeking to bounce back from relegation 12 months ago, were sunk 60-17 by Surrey at Stourbridge while East Midlands went down 36-10 to Northumberland at Bedford Athletic.

Dorking centre Ryan Jeffrey tormented North Midlands running in six tries in a stunning individual display for Surrey who have stepped up from the County Championship Shield this season.

Jeffrey scored his first try after just 12 seconds, added his second three minutes later and completed his hat-trick on the stroke of half-time.

North Midlands responded with tries from Bromsgrove wing Tom Hunt, his club mate Gino Belmonte and Stourbridge back row forward Drew Harper, but a miserable afternoon was compounded when Bromsgrove flanker Sam Montieri suffered a suspected broken jaw on his county debut.

East Midlands failed to build on an early try from Peterborough Lions lock Wade Schoeman and were undone by a burst of four tries in 15 first half minutes from Northumberland.

Kettering’s Joe Daniel, who converted Schoeman’s try, added a penalty just before half-time but Northumberland pulled clear in the final quarter.

In the County Championship Shield Leicestershire improved their chances of making it to the semi-finals with a 36-5 win over Berkshire at Redingensians.

Tries came from Gareth Kerr (South Leicester) and the Hinckley trio of Mitch Lamb, Luke Coltman and Ewan Bartlett plus a penalty try.

Warwickshire honoured Harry Walker, England’s oldest surviving international, by beating Staffordshire 36-8 at Broadstreet.

Former Coventry prop Walker, who celebrated his 100th birthday in February, was invited as guest of honour by Warwickshire, the county he served as player, match secretary and disciplinary chairman for many years.

Walker watched Warwickshire ease to a second successive win in the competition with Dan O’Brie of Old Laurentians contributing 16 points.

Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire scratched from their scheduled match against Cumbria at Workington because they were unable to raise a team for the trip north due to a spate of injuries.


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