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Droitwich 1st 17-18 Kidderminster 1st

North Midlands Shield Quarter Final

Last Updated: Jan 27, 2015 08:49am
Hanbury, Wychavon
By Bobby
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Droitwich RFC went down by a point to local rivals Kidderminster in the quarter finals of the North Midlands shield. 
Spa started very slowly and couldn't get any momentum and with pressure firmly applied Kidderminster open end the scoring with an unconverted try in the corner, followed up by a penalty. 
After the first 20 minutes spa now started to pick up the pace and great phase play by the whole team allowed veteran Nick Godfrey to pick up from the back of a ruck and score for Bobby Scott-Walker to add the conversion. 
After some great back line play by spa Kidderminster infringed at the breakdown, which allowed Scott-Walker to slot the penalty to give spa the lead going into half time. 
Spa now had the upper edge and despite being against the wind second half they scored a great try in the corner after Chris Danks made a good break to feed Sean Walker who then put Steven Poke in for a try in the corner again converted. 
However with Kidderminster now with their tails between their legs the referee gave a sin bin against centre Mark Strutt for a high tackle, which Kidderminster opted for posts and added three points.
Straight from the kick off a mistake by the young spa winger Dan Wilkinson handed Kidderminster possession and with spa one defender short could not keep out the hosts from scoring a converted try under the posts. 
This put the hosts one point ahead with ten minutes remaining and spa did get their chances to win the game but often tried to do too much or were too eager. 
A lesson for the young spa side is to play with their brains and not their emotion. 
Scott-Walker did get the chance to win the game with a penalty kick but against the wind he unfortunately pulled the kick wide. 
Man of the match Chris Danks added after the game that Spa can't afford to keep making mistakes and starting slowly which ultimately cost us the game. 
Spa take on local rivals Malvern away on Saturday.

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