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Unbeaten Bridgnorth Ladies Take Title

Bridgnorth Ladies 17 - 10 OLRFC Ladies

Last Updated: Mar 5, 2015 07:19pm
Blackdown, Warwick
By Liz Kennedy
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Old Leamingtonians Ladies RFC took on league leaders Bridgnorth Women RFC at home this weekend, hoping to get revenge for their last minute defeat on the opening day of the season way back in September.

Old Leams were fired up right from the off, with a strong defensive line withstanding the Bridgnorth attacks masterminded by their number 10. However, Old Leams couldn’t hold out forever, and Bridgnorth capitalised on their overlap and scored in the corner.

Old Leams were undeterred and came straight back at Bridgnorth, but were denied by Bridgnorth’s speedy defensive line. Centre Sarah Munday eventually found a way through, drawing Old Leams level.

Disaster then struck for Old Leams, with winger and season top scorer Tasha Barnes going off due to injury.  Fortunately Old Leams had a strong bench to draw on, and Naomi MacDonald stepped in to the breach.  There then followed a sustained attack from Bridgnorth, and despite some strong defence from Old Leams forwards, Bridgnorth were able to get another try in before the half time break.

Old Leams came out fighting, and forced their way up the pitch.  Even when Bridgnorth got the ball in hand, Old Leams were able to contain them, with some fierce tackling from Captain Caz Spence, flanker Jen Vermeulen and ‘forward of the match’ Janine McCominskey. This Old Leams period of dominance continued with Tash Faulkner leaping high to steal an opposition lineout, but suddenly against the run of play Bridgnorth stole the ball to once again make use of their overlap and score in the corner.

Old Leams kept fighting to the very end, and some good hands from the backs got the ball to Sarah Munday who once again took the ball over the line. Unfortunately for Old Leams they couldn’t score again, leaving them with a 17-10 defeat, and Bridgnorth with the league title and an unbeaten record for the whole season.

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