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Losing Bonus Point for Atherstone

Five Ways Old Edwardians 25 - 19 Atherstone

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 07:01pm
Atherstone, North Warwickshire
By Julie Douglas
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A converted try in the final minutes of the game provided Atherstone with a losing bonus point. However this was slim consolation as the players left the pitch knowing that they had the beating of their hosts.  Having kept the game even for the first forty the Ratcliffe Road outfit found themselves facing a thirteen point deficit after Five Ways took hold of the game early in the second half in their bid to not only win the game but to get the important four try bonus.

Atherstone started strongly putting their hosts under pressure forcing them to defend vigorously.  The sustained pressure forced an error from the hosts in their own half giving the visitors possession.  The ball was effectively shipped through safe hands with Mike Thomas receiving the final pass and powering over the line in the corner for an unconverted try.  A quickly taken tap penalty saw Five Ways cross for a converted try to take the lead with twenty five minutes played.  An excellent individual run saw the hosts add another try which went unconverted with ten minutes of the half remaining.  A phenomenal effort from Atherstone’s pack saw them create the second try from a rolling maul started within their own half.  The pack used their strength to push back their opponents deep into the score zone with James Redman making the final lunge to the line to score.  Andy Redman added the extras to take the half time score to 12-12.

Early in the second half Five Ways added three more points with a successful penalty kick.  A second penalty kick shortly after fell short and was scooped up by John Perry.  Perry made good ground however the hosts were able to defend the attack well.  Although generally tackling was not as effective as it has been in previous games, Lee Amos showed his true grit as he tackled whatever came at him regardless of the size however he was unable to prevent the home side crossing for their third try which went unconverted.  

Forced to make changes due to injuries, the men in black found it difficult to regroup and put together phases of play leading to points.  Attacking play lacked the clinical finish needed to overcome a home side chasing the bonus point win.  With ten minutes remaining Five Ways ran in a final unconverted try for a commanding lead.  Far from being beaten the men in black gathered their strength and fought hard to close the gap.  Their efforts were rewarded in the last minute of the game as the pack once again went into action to this time put Andy Redman over the line under the posts.  With the last kick of the match, Redman successfully converted the try to give Atherstone the losing bonus point.

With a quarter of the games played, Atherstone are in 6th position in the league and continue their campaign next week with a home fixture against second place Kings Norton, 2.15 kick off.

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