Kings Up Against It

Old Yardleians 43 pts v Kings Norton 7 pts

Last Updated: Dec 3, 2013 03:41pm
Alvechurch, Bromsgrove
By Roger Adams
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Following their heavy defeat at home to Old Wheatleyans, an anticipated landslide away to the league leaders was on the cards.

Especially as Kings were short of 4 ever present forwards for this expected tough encounter. Captain Tom Kendrick plus Ben Boyce, Mark Waudby & Chris Hands were all missing due to work and vacation commitments plus center Ben Manners being held up at work meant that Kings once again fielded a scratch side.

Second team captain Matt Faukener, Graeme Garrett and never say die Mel Barwick were drafted in to the forwards and Jack Guy was a last minute starter on the wing. The home side who were also missing a couple of back row players were certainly up for this encounter and soon scored with a well worked forwards drive to record the first converted try after 8 mins. Kings attacked from the restart showing their intentions to counterattack where ever possible and after a period of pressure close to the try line  lock Steve Rowe forced his way over for a well worked try which Louis Stelling converted to level the scores.

Old yard’s then settled into a simple game plan of catch and drive at the lineouts and spinning the ball wide at the scrums.

Rob McGhee deputizing as captain lead his troops by example as Kings pack put up a valiant effort to repel these attacks with centers Sean Sudworth and Scott Wood making life difficult but Kings succumbed to a further 4 tries by half time.

Half time Old Yardleians 31 pts v Kings Norton 7 pts

Any thoughts of a rout evaporated  with the injection of the versatile Phil Stock at half time this together with their resilient positive team spirit ensured that Kings depleted troops began to disrupt the home side’s rhythm and other than a 12th minute converted score under the posts they failed to make much second half headway. As a result the referee handed out 3 sin bin sentences to calm things down but the visitors finally fell further behind to an unconverted try as the clock ticked down. 

Kings welcome Pershore to Hopwood Park next Saturday who sit just one place above them in the league.

KO 2.15 p.m.



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