Redditch 46 – 18 Atherstone

Redditch Avenge Earlier Defeat

Last Updated: Mar 26, 2014 07:26pm
Atherstone, North Warwickshire
By Julie Douglas
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An out-of-sorts Atherstone found themselves victims of a pumped-up Redditch looking to avenge the defeat at Ratcliffe Road earlier in the season. 

On the day, the Blues ran out worthy winners having treated their supporters to a game of running rugby with fly-half Tom Saddington proving to be too pacey for the men in black’s defence.

Within the first twenty minutes Redditch had run in two tries, one of which was converted to give them a twelve point lead.  Atherstone tried to find their way through their hosts defence however each attack was met with vigorous defence.  A good break by Bob Greenway set Tom Aherne up for the first of his three tries.  Collecting the offload, Aherne powered towards the line ghosting through the defence.  The try went unconverted. Redditch added to their try tally when the speed merchant picked up a loose ball 40 metres out and hared up the park to go over for an unconverted try.  A penalty to Atherstone in the dying seconds of the game was struck beautifully by Simon Moore to add three points taking the score to 17 – 8.

Redditch started the second half with two tries neither of which was converted. A scrum on Redditch’s 10 metre line provided the platform for Atherstone’s second try.  Dave Whittaker picked up at number 8 and powered towards the line.  The Blues defended well however the Ratcliffe Road outfit were able to work the ball back to scrum half George Bartlam.  Aherne called for the pass and raced to the try line touching down.  Moore’s conversion kick bounced cruelly off the upright.

A whippet like run, ducking and diving through the defence gave Redditch their sixth try which was unconverted.  Atherstone responded well with John Ley making good headway towards the whitewash only to be stopped with a try saving tackle from Redditch’s Crag Whittle. A knock on from the visitors was the opportunity for the home side to further extend their lead as an excellent cross field pass was taken well by Saddington who stepped on the gas to score under the posts for a converted try.  The nippy fly-half added another try to his impressive tally running from just inside the halfway mark to touch down.  With the extras added the score stood at 46-13.

With fifteen minutes left to play, the visitors began to find their stride and began to challenge for possession and territory.  Aherne’s final try of the match came from an excellent passage of play which saw Nick Bartlam set an attacking platform working with his forward colleague to work the ball towards the line. Aherne’s strong running saw him power through the defence for an unconverted try to bring the final score to 46-18.

There are many reasons why the men in black produced a below form performance however none of these would detract from the Redditch performance.  All credit to the Blues, the better team won on the day.




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