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Harbury
Tenbury
P Evans, T Allen
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
Unknown, R Alford
Conversions
Unknown
R Alford (3)
Penalties
Penalty Try
Sat 17 Feb 14:15 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 West (South) Full time

Deserved

and very much needed

Deserved and very much needed leagues win for Harbury, their first since the beginning of November. This was a game against a side that had beaten them in Worcestershire – an outcome that seems to have hung over Harbury since. Certainly, their form has dipped and winning this match was a priority. There was no sense of the over confidence that characterised their previous meeting when they seriously underestimated the abilities of Tenbury.

Harbury started positively and despite some fine defence from the visitors they moved the ball quickly along the back line and excellent following by left wing Paul Evans of a deep kick by full back Ricky Alford enabled him to touch down wide out. The conversion was missed but Harbury moved 5-0 ahaed after eleven minutes of play.

Tenbury belied their position at the foot of the table with solid set pieces and some strong running from their backs. Harbury defended well and the visitors were unable to take any advantage. Tenbury were slightly too keen on occasions and were caught offside and forced into making the occasional clumsy tackle in their enthusiasm to close down their opponents. This was typified when Alford made a strong run towards the goal line, drew the cover and passed to the supporting Evans who was stopped in the act of scoring with a high tackle. The referee was immediate is his decision in awarding Harbury a penalty try so taking Harbury 12-0 ahead.

Alford who had a fine game throughout was finding deep positions in the Tenbury half with some good kicks out of hand either in open play or from penalty awards.
Harbury, though, lost some ground advantage through poor line outs an area that they need to improve upon.
However, the home forwards kept up pressure on the Tenbury line with a well organised driving maul and Tom Dodds took the plaudits for the pack as he was driven over the line. Alford added the conversion for a 19-0 half time lead.

Harbury extended their lead from the restart with the forwards chasing the kick off well and with pack leader Chris Milburn to the fore as he caught man and ball well. Tenbury were penalised and Alford added the conversion. A further penalty extended the lead to 25-0.

However, with a few decisions in their favour Tenbury showed that they were not there just to make up the numbers and some patience and hard work by their forwards gave them a well taken scoring opportunity which they took and with a converted try made it 25-7. Once more though their enthusiasm worked against them and a further penalty made it 28-7 to the hosts.

Injuries broke the Harbury rhythm as they looked to add a fourth try and a bonus point. However, a silly penalty was awarded against them and for the final five minutes were reduced to fourteen with a forward yellow carded.

Tenbury used this to their advantage and showed that they have considerable spirit and youth on their side and no lacking of skill as they added a try wide out. They will prove a difficult side at home as their recent results have shown against the higher placed sides in the league. Another win will undoubtedly come their way before the end of the season.

One very pleasing aspect of this match was the excellent management of the game by the referee, a young 17 year old Warwickshire Referee’s graduate, in this his first league match. He was positive and spot on in his decision making and looks to have the ability and awareness to go far in the game, certainly one of the best that players and supporters have seen this season.

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Key moments

10:00
Try Paul Evans scores for Harbury
26:00
Conversion Conversion for Harbury
32:00
Try Tom Allen scores for Harbury
32:00
Conversion Ricky Alford kicks a conversion for Harbury
41:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
57:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
60:00
Try Try for Tenbury
60:00
Conversion Conversion for Tenbury
65:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
76:00
Try Try for Tenbury

Highlights

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78:00 Yellow Card
Ricky Bearman is yellow carded for Harbury
76:00 Try 28 - 12
Try for Tenbury
73:00 Sub On
Daniel Bennett is substituted on for Harbury
73:00 Sub Off
Charlie Gladden is substituted off for Harbury
70:00 Yellow Card
Ben Swidryk is yellow carded for Harbury
70:00 Sub Off
Paul Evans is substituted off for Harbury
70:00 Sub On
George Bostock is substituted on for Harbury
65:00 Penalty 28 - 7
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury Watch the video
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64:00 Sub On
Ben Swidryk is substituted on for Harbury
64:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bennett is substituted off for Harbury
60:00 Try 25 - 7
Try for Tenbury
60:00 Conversion 25 - 2
Conversion for Tenbury
59:00 Sub On
Richard Mazurek is substituted on for Harbury
59:00 Sub Off
Seymour Smith is substituted off for Harbury
59:00 Sub On
Substitution on for Tenbury
57:00 Penalty 25 - 0
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
41:00 Penalty 22 - 0
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Daz Kittendorf is substituted on for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Matthew Morphett is substituted off for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Chris Bearman is substituted off for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Ian Kimberley is substituted on for Harbury
End of period 1
32:00 Try 17 - 0
Tom Allen scores for Harbury
32:00 Conversion 19 - 0
Ricky Alford kicks a conversion for Harbury
26:00 Penalty Try
Penalty try awarded to Harbury
26:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Conversion for Harbury
10:00 Try 5 - 0
Paul Evans scores for Harbury
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harbury
  • Tenbury
  • 0
  • Paul Evans Try 10:00'
  • Penalty Try 26:00'
  • Conversion 26:00'
  • Tom Allen Try 32:00'
  • Ricky Alford Conversion 32:00'
  • Ian Kimberley Sub On 40:00'
  • Chris Bearman Sub Off 40:00'
  • Matthew Morphett Sub Off 40:00'
  • Daz Kittendorf Sub On 40:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 41:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 57:00'
  • Sub On 59:00'
  • Seymour Smith Sub Off 59:00'
  • Richard Mazurek Sub On 59:00'
  • Conversion 60:00'
  • Try 60:00'
  • Ben Swidryk Sub On 64:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub Off 64:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 65:00'
  • Paul Evans Sub Off 70:00'
  • George Bostock Sub On 70:00'
  • Ben Swidryk Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Charlie Gladden Sub Off 73:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub On 73:00'
  • Try 76:00'
  • Ricky Bearman Yellow Card 78:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
5. Burbage 20 59
6. Pershore 20 42
7. Claverdon 20 42
8. Harbury 20 40
9. Redditch 20 30
10. Birmingham Civil Service 20 27
11. Tenbury 20 13

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