Fourth Place Finish for Atherstone

Woodrush 1st XV 48 – 14 Atherstone 1st XV

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2014 05:37pm
Atherstone, North Warwickshire
By Julie Douglas
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Atherstone RFC ended their league campaign in the way in which they started, losing to a well drilled Woodrush team who were celebrating promotion as champions in style. 

To mark the occasion the minis from both clubs played a game of tag prior to the senior game and then formed a guard of honour to welcome the players onto the pitch.

Woodrush came out of the traps quickly exerting immense pressure on the men in black which led to the first of eight tries.  The try went unconverted.  The visitors launched their own attack however solid defence from the home side kept them in abeyance and used their speed in the backs to run in a second try which was converted to open up a 12 point lead.

A well struck penalty kick to touch from Andy Redman provided a try scoring platform for the Ratcliffe Road outfit.  Bob Greenway caught the ball cleanly and the pack went into action driving towards the line. Woodrush defended well and were able to ensure that the referee was unable to see Mark Lewis touch the ball down denying their visitors of a try.  The resultant scrum five saw the pack once again use their strength to drive over the line with Dave Whittaker guiding the ball over for the try.  Redman successfully kicked the penalty to cut the deficit to five points.  A quickly taken tap penalty saw Woodrush scythe through the defence to add another unconverted try.  Towards the end of the half the home side used the catch and drive from a lineout to add a converted try to their first half tally taking the score to 24-7.

Indiscipline from the visitors allowed the home side to extend their lead with another quickly taken penalty seeing a blistering run by the winger from 50 metres out which left Atherstone’s defence in its wake. The try went unconverted.  A successful line out move saw Woodrush score a converted try taking the score to 36-7.  Despite the score-line suggesting a one sided encounter, the men in black launched numerous attacks to try and breach Woodrush’s try line however the defence proved to be too strong.  Another scorching run from the Woodrush number 10 provided his side with their seventh try which went unconverted. 

The eight try for the home side came after a period of sustained pressure in the try scoring zone sucking the Atherstone defence over to one side of the pitch to create space on the opposite side.  A well timed pass and good hands saw them cross for their final try of the match.  The conversion took the score to 48-7.  Despite the large deficit, the men in black were far from out of the game.  An interception from Greenway saw him in the clear to run towards the line however a fumble saw him drop the ball and have to leave the pitch with a leg injury.  Excellent work from Tom Aherne and Stephen White secured possession for Atherstone from a lineout.  Although Woodrush held the drive, Dean Guy broke free passing the ball to James Readman.  John Perry received the final pass and used his strength and agility to get through the Woodrush for a try.  Redman added the extras to take the final score to 48-14.



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