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Kings Norton 17 v Stourbridge Lions 34

North Midlands Vase First round

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2013 07:38am
Alvechurch, Bromsgrove
By Roger Adams
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Following their convincing defeat last Saturday of Market Drayton by 74 pts to 10 pts in the preliminary round of this competition Kings Norton’s anticipation of a tough encounter against their higher league opposition Stourbridge opponents proved to be fact and their progress into the next round was a massive challenge.

The well drilled and experienced Hopwood Park visitors found Kings ready and determined not to be rolled over by a team containing a mixture of young talent and some Stourbridge ex first teamers. Kings were under pressure from the kick off but slowly clawed themselves into the game with good defence and swift counter attacks, from one good foray they won a kickable penalty opportunity which flew wide of the posts. The Lions came back strongly and after a period of pressure crossed the line after 15 mins for a good converted try. Then 3 minutes later a stray pass by Kings was intercepted on the half way line and the Lions centre streaked away unopposed for the Lions 2nd converted try. Kings were working hard and Will Greenwood playing out of position in the centre made some strong charges through the middle well supported by Ben Boyce and Rob McGhee  However The Lions went further ahead after 25 mins when their right winger finished a good move in the corner, the try was not converted. Kings came back strongly and Jack Manners streaked through for Kings first try Stourbridge Lions 19 pts v Kings 5 pts. Kings were giving their opposition a game and came dangerously close to scoring again before the Lions showed their class and scored in the left hand corner just on the stroke of half time.

Stourbridge Lions 24 pts Kings Norton 5 points.

From the restart the Lions came out of the blocks strongly and after a period of pressure scored a good try in the right hand corner.

The game then settled into a mid field encounter with both teams working hard before the home side took the initiative again, after 18 mins play and following a spell of pressure James Pritchard finished off a great forward drive and passing move scoring an excellent try which was well converted by Ben Manners

Kings had their tails up at this stage but were found out when some weak tackling allowed the Lions to score again under the posts the conversion attempt hitting the upright and flying wide.

Kings 12 pts Stourbridge Lions 34 pts, the entire Norton squad had acquitted themselves well in this tough encounter and with 8 minutes of play remaining they scored again when Jack Manners ghosted in close to the posts however the conversion was strangely wasted and the game ended at Kings Norton 17 pts v Stourbridge Lions 34 pts.

The final score being a fair reflection of the game overall.

Kings Norton commence their Midlands 3 West ( South) eague schedule at Home on Saturday 14th against Shipston on Stour who were relegated at the end of last season from Midlands 2 West  (South) KO 3.00.p.m.

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