Kings Norton 31 v 5 Southam

Last Updated: Jan 5, 2014 07:57pm
Alvechurch, Bromsgrove
By Roger Adams
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Kings Norton began this second half of their season with a convincing win over their Warwickshire visitors scoring 5 tries to 1 and gaining a much needed bonus point.

The Hopwood Park pitches were deemed playable and Kings chose to use their dryer and firmer 2nd pitch providing a pitch-side rope barrier to comply with RFU requirements. This game proved to be the only League 3 West (South) fixture to survive the bad weather. From the kick off it soon became obvious that Southam were missing a few key players and that from their first play deep into Southam territory the home teams pack of forwards were stronger and they powerfully drove over for prop forward Chris Hands to score an unconverted try. 5 minutes later following a long upfield clearance by Louis Stelling the pack again reclaimed the ball and repeated their earlier efforts with same player making the touchdown.  Centre Ben Manners converting well. Southam came back into the game with their lively backs pressurising the home side to gain a penalty which flew wide. The muddy conditions suited the forwards and Kings were a constant threat with over exuberance spoiling most of their efforts On 34 mins the home pack again drove over and no8 Ben Boyce scored a 3rd home try which Manners improved. Kings new fly half Jake Pratley had a good debut  kicking out of hand and running well in difficult conditions. Southam then missed a 2nd penalty just before the break with the half time score at Kings Norton 19 pts v Southam nil

Kings opened the 2nd period with a 4th converted try from open play. The ball was initially won at a lineout and went through a series of phases before Rob McGhee avoided a last ditch tackle and drove over from close range, Manners successfully converting. Most of this second period was played out in the middle of the pitch with both teams searching for breakthroughs before veteran 2nd row Mark Wardby finally completed Kings scoring with a powerful charge. Southam never gave up and their spirited efforts were finally rewarded with an unconverted try and finishing the game on the attack.  Final score Kings Norton 31 pts Southam 5 pts

Kings travel to Cheltenham North next Saturday 2.15. KO


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