Alcester vs Harborne
Midlands Senior Vase round two
Alcester 1st team received a harsh beating in the second round of the Midlands Senior Vase round two, 29-60, against Harborne on Saturday knocking them out of the competition.
With the way they started, Alcester looked more than comfortable against their opponents and with the wind and slope at their back in the first half, they dominated the early proceedings.
The home pack were able to dismantle the visitors scrum and shunted their opponents back over the line allowing no 8 Phil Birks to pick up and dive over for the opening score.
Teenager Jamie Harland, making his first senior start at an unfamiliar position of fly half took a quick tap from a short range penalty to double his side’s lead.
Harborne got their first points on the board with a penalty kick, before they came inches short of a first try which was prevented by an excellent tap tackle by Alcester full back, Frazer Jackson, as the visitors looked destined to score.
Alcester's veteran centre, Scott Carmichael, powered over for a third try which was converted by Jackson for a 17-3 lead to the home side.
Skipper Jack Horton was next to score. Jackson again converted for a 24-3 lead and at this stage of the game the match looked set for a big home win.
The visitors had other ideas, however. By now they had started to get a regular flow of possession from their line out which was dominant throughout the afternoon.
The Harborne number 10 showed his class, firstly when scything through an unorganised home defence to score before he went on another incisive run finding one of his centres on the crash ball, who powered under the posts.
In between these scores Alcester hooker, Mike Nason had been sin binned for team persistent infringement by the referee who not for the only time in the afternoon, frustrated the home side with some of his decisions.
The visitors scored again before the break and at half time they only trailed 24-20 after seemingly being near to out of the game only 15 minutes before.
The home side were not helped by an injury to full back Frazer Jackson who was enjoying another good game when he left the field with an ankle problem.
Harborne scored five unanswered tries and starved the home side of territory and possession for throughout most of this period.
The game had long since gone for Alcester and it was no surprise when the visitors brought their score to 60 with their final try of the game.
The home side will look to dust themselves down from this disappointment for next week’s return to league action and the visit of Ledbury to King’s Coughton for a 3pm kick off.