First Home League Win For Ks

Midlands 5 West (South)

Last Updated: Nov 12, 2013 07:31am
Keresley, Coventry
By Ian Coulson
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The Ks celebrated their second league win of the season after their decisive 17-0 victory against Copsewood

Fresh from their friendly win against Shepshed, the Ks smashed back in to the league with a show of dominance against Copsewood, formerly the GEC.
The Ks haven't won at home in the league for more than 2 years and no-one can remember when asked, when the team last managed a clean sheet in the league.
It was clear from the outset that the Ks were the stronger team, with most of the early action taking place deep in Copsewood territory. Early runs initiated by Joel Pickering and James Coyle showed promise, but some unfortunate passes stopped the action and gave Copsewood some breathing room.
Copsewood received another early scare when Gareth Whitehead set Will Patrick free to make some ground on the wing, but the play was drawn short again after Luke Wager was pulled in to touch with the ball.
Copsewood won the lineout and cleared quickly away, only for Justin Jewkes to catch and make his own run where he dodged 6 tackles before finally being brought down in the Copsewood 22.
It took Copsewood over 10 minutes to mount an attack, but this was drawn to a quick end when Ed Monk and Will Patrick made the tackle and got the ball away for Justin Jewkes to make a clearance.
The clearance was sloppily dealt with and knocked out of play for a Ks lineout around 10m out. Neil Hanna found himself in possession and made a cheeky pass to Will Patrick who stormed over the line right between the posts for an easy conversion for Justin Jewkes after 15 minutes.
Copsewood tried to rally an attack together after the restart and it looked like the attack was through, but Callum Eaton stopped it dead and the loose ball was picked up by Brandon McNally Jr and the Ks gained some yards.
The Ks next try came when Will Patrick was set free then driving forward with Justin Jewkes and Joel Pickering in support. After a lucky tackle, Joel Pickering forced his way through to score, right between the posts againt. Justin Jewkes providing a conversion to make the score 14-0 with 10 minutes of the first half to go.
The pressure was kept up and Copsewood were nothing short of lucky to finish the half without conceding again after a chipped kick bounced high and was spilled in to touch practically on the try line, any play their would have been very dangerous given he Ks form so far, but the referee called the half to an end.
The second half started a little slower for the Ks and Copsewood saw more of the ball, however, they didn't really make any breaks or keep the ball out of their own half. Discipline started to suffer a little and both sides were making unforced errors and knocking the ball on.
The Ks once again showed their strength in these set plays and kept forcing the play deeper in to the Copsewood half until finally the ball was driven over the line. The ref was unable to award the try as it couldn't be determined if the ball had actually been put down.
Eventually the referee had enough of repeated offenses and awarded a penalty to the Ks for not releasing. Justin Jewkes kicked the penalty, keeping his 100% record for the day.
The Ks were now chasing the bonus points, but it wasn't to be on the day. Copsewood couldn't really break through the lines and some great defensive play by Callum Eaton and Tommy Marsh keeping the sheet clean.
Play slowed a little as Copsewood tried to put the brakes on, more damage control than attack. Again, some scrappy play led to a James Coyle injuring his knee and Ed Monk took a nasty hit to the head. Both players made way for Luie Riva and Dai Roberts.
Copsewood made a last minute break in the last minute only to be smashed to a stop by Gareth Whitehead with a spectacular tackle letting Neil Hanna clear up field as the referee blew the final whistle.
This was a great game to watch and the Ks showed their experience and that their training is paying off.


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