Alcester were left to rue missed opportunities including a last minute penalty kick to level the game, as they slipped to a narrow defeat against St Andrews, despite a hat trick of tries from teenage back rower George Green
Early on the visitors took the lead through Green’s breakaway try, somewhat against the run of play, before the home side’s domination took over and they crossed for three tries of their own and 17-5 half time lead.
In the second half, the younger visitors’ fitness started to tell and although they had two further Green tries to show for their efforts, they really should have put the game beyond doubt. They did have the lead nearing the end of the game as both of the second half tries were converted by Max Biltcliffe, making a welcome return to action after several months’ out through injury.
Now it was the home side’s turn to score on against the run of play and a late 22-19 lead, but there was still time for final drama when Alcester were awarded a penalty in range of the posts in the dying seconds. Biltcliffe struck his kick well and turned to accept the congratulations of his team mates, only to see the ball drift narrowly wide of the posts at the final moment to allow Rugby to take the victory.
Alcester are due to host Coventry side Dunlop 3rd XV at King’s Coughton next weekend, for a 3pm kick off for another league game.