Saturday October 22nd 2011
Midlands Division One West
Camp Hill 22 - 10 Dunlop
In a highly-focussed display , in a considerably physical confrontation , we showed excellent self-discipline to run out worthy winners against the Coventry-based side.
Dunlop started well with steady possession in our half which eventually led to a passage of play ended by a try for outside centre Steve Adcock.
Fly half Craig McGrory was unsuccessful with the conversion and then missed a penalty to see the score at 0-5 after half an hour.
Our game then came alive with two tries in just five minutes.
A telling break down his line by "Big" Jake Harbon
was well-supported by the pack and the ball switched to flanker Chris Goddard
who broke the Dunlop line to score.
Alex Richmond narrowly missed the conversion but was on target soon afterwards.
This time it was inside centre Steve Leach whose powerful thrust into the visitors' half caught the eye before an incisive drive allowed lock Gareth Williams
to force his way over for his fourth career try.
Alex's two points then became five as he landed a late first half penalty to see us change ends at 15 - 5.
The third quarter was equally-contested but yellow cards for a player on each side for a minor-looking contretemps looked harsh.
Then with seven minutes of normal time left the game was illuminated by a special piece of magic.
Collecting a very high clearance out of defence inside his side's half , Jermaine Bernard
suddenly stepped on the gas to make good in-roads deep into the Dunlop territory ( shades of a few years ago , G ). His evasive sprint culminated in a fine solo score to which Alex again added the conversion.
With the encounter rapidly reaching its conclusion ,the visiting pack mounted a concerted set of late drives from which they eventually saw scrum half Danny James over for a consolation try.
Whatever the Coventry-based side could throw at us here it was never to be enough to deter us from reaching our goal to bring home the spoils.
Well done to all.
We shall need a similar mindset when we travel to Kenilworth on Saturday. Kick Off is at 2.15. p.m.
After their tremendous success in the top-of-the table clash on Sunday over Waterloo our ladies team will be hoping to repeat their win when Carlisle are the visitors to the "Shrine" this week. All visitors will enjoy and are welcome. K.O is at 2.30 p.m.
See you there on both days.