Earlsdon 13 - Droitwich 14

Midlands 2 West (South)

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013 03:25pm
Hanbury, Wychavon
By Steve Bradbury
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Droitwich’s travelled to Coventry to take on league leaders Earlsdon on Saturday and produced by far their most complete performance of the season to claim an impressive 14 points to thirteen victory, with tries by teenage winger Dave Oliver and veteran prop James Thomas being enough to claim the spoils.

The first half was a cagey affair with neither team being especially expansive, the Droitwich line being kept in tact by some excellent defence by Alex Saddington and Dave Ingram, Bobby Scott-Walker also cleared his lines well. The half time interval came with the score still at nil nil.
A strong run by Mark Strutt found teenage debutante Reece Reynolds in support and the effervescent Rob Roke. A neat chip by Scott-Walker saw Oliver race clear and touch down for his first senior try. This seemed to spur the home side in to action who hit back with two quick fire tries and a penalty. With time running out Thomas emerged from the bench to give the pack some much needed solidity. A fine lineout take by Russ Brown saw the backs join the forwards and drive towards the Earlsdon line for Thomas to get the much needed touchdown. Scott-Walker added the tricky conversion to give the Spa side the lead. The final five minutes were frantic but Droitwich managed to keep control of the ball and win the game.
A moral boosting victory for the young side, with skipper James Shewell commenting “We really played as a team today and, for the first time this campaign, played for the full 80 minutes. We thoroughly deserved this result.”


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