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Droitwich 8 - 25 Spartans

Midlands Division 2 West (South)

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2014 10:38pm
Hanbury, Wychavon
By Steve Bradbury
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Droitwich got back to league action after the festive break by hosting league leaders Spartans on Saturday but, despite an encouraging first half performance, came away empty handed.

The Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground pitch was in remarkably good conditions considering the amount of ran that had recently fallen but was still quite muddy making attacking rugby difficult for both sides; although there was no lack of attacking endeavour from both sides. The visitors made the early running but solid defence by back row forwards Alex Saddington, Glen Topping & David Ingram kept them at bay, before a series of attacks near the Droitwich line saw Spartans crash over to take the lead with a converted try. Droitwich came back strongly with Steve Poke at scrum half and centreDan Wilkinson making good ground. A superb break by hooker Rob Poke who showed a remarkable turn of speed for a big man, saw him hauled down 10 meters short of the line, Tom Rogers fed the ball out for Sam Davenport to dive over in the corner for a well deserved Droitwich try. Shortly after Spartans infringed to allow Bobby Scott-Walker the chance to slot a penalty to put the home side in the lead. This was, however, as good as it got for Droitwich as they failed to clear their lines moments later to allow the visitors to crash over and take a 12 points to eight lead in to the half time interval.
The second half was not a pretty affair as the heavy ground sapped the energy of both sides with Spartans using their driving maul to great effect to score two more tries and put the game out of reach. The young Droitwich side showed a great deal of spirit but are now in the relegation zone and must start putting some winning performances if they are not to go down a league. SkipperJames Shewell was philosophical after the game commenting “we just have to keep turning up to training and putting the hard work in, there is no magic solution”

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