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1st XV - Match centre

Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (South) Full time



The red & whites continued their 100% winning start to 2018 with a well deserved, but hard-fought bonus point win at Silhillians RFC.
From the kick off, the early exchanges saw Earlsdon dominate possession and the breakdown with the home side defending resiliently but struggling to retain the ball and contain the home sides tempo. An infringement at the breakdown by the home side was quickly taken by Scrum-Half Robert Fisher who found some space in the defence to break through and offload to the supporting Sam Chare who ran in 30m for the first score of the game with 11 minutes played. The next 25 minutes was an equal affair with both defences showing no signs of breaking, Earlsdon perhaps looking the most likely to score but errors and solid defence from the hosts prevented the red and whites from increasing their tally. Eventually, a tired Sills defence enabled Winger Paddy Darcy to break through a couple of tackles and pass to the supporting Leo Craddock who ran in untouched from 30m to extend Earlsdons lead just before half time (Hicks Converting).
HT 12-0
The second half started poorly for Earlsdon, a mis-kick from the restart gave possession back to Sills and a period of ill-discipline eventually saw Earlsdon defending a 5m lineout. The lineout was won by Sills, but quickly stopped by Earlsdon only for the referee to deem it was stopped illegally and bizarrely awarded Sills a penalty try from a stationary maul. Earlsdon shrugged it off and continued where they left off before half time with some strong carries from the forwards which eventually led to the space out wide, Mickey Moore throwing a miss two pass to Sam Chare who outpaced numerous defenders to score out wide with 56 minutes played. The next 20 minutes was again a stalemate, with Earlsdon soaking up the Sills pressure with some relentless defence to prevent the home side closing the scoreline. The hard work in defence eventually paid off as Earlsdon managed to regain possession in Sills half, with some strong forward carries setting the platform for the backs and Winger Josh Darcy exploiting some weak tackling to crash over the line carrying two players with him to put the result in no doubt (Hicks Converting). A scuffle on the floor shortly after the restart saw Prop Jack Brown and Sills Fly Half Harry Pick take an early shower. The game resumed with a scrum which went through a couple of the home teams backs until a handling error was swept up by Martin Wood and fed to Paddy Darcy down the right wing who then linked up well with Leo Craddock, with a 2 on 1 for the score Craddock tipped on to the supporting Gerry Fairbrother who went over for the final score of the game on 80 minutes (Fairbrother Converting).
FT 31-7
An impressive all-round performance from the red and whites, the work rate and tempo was exceptional in both defence and attack. With Gerry Fairbrother, Martin Wood and Dale Bowyer carrying hard all game and the backs showing how dangerous they can be with and without space.

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Droitwich 22 103
2. Malvern 22 96
3. Kenilworth 22 68
4. Earlsdon 22 63
5. Barkers Butts 22 58
6. Evesham 22 53
7. Silhillians 22 53

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