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1st XV - Match centre

Harbury
Birmingham Civil Service
Tries
Unknown
R Alford (5)
Penalties
Unknown, Unknown, Unknown
Sat 10 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 West (South) Full time

Harbury win again

This was a real `dog eats dog’ match

This was a real `dog eats dog’ match between two sides in the lower levels of the league. In their earlier encounter in Birmingham Harbury had scored four tries but were outgunned by the laser accuracy of the host’s goal kicker who added 21 points from the boot to add to the two tries notched in the match.

Therefore, Harbury were well aware of the damage he could do and with a strong wind at their backs it was essential not only that his impact was doused but also that as many points were added in the first half. This was a tight, unforgiving game with both sides misjudging the impact of the elements on occasion with handling difficult. Harbury, were under pressure in the set scrum as Service’s heavy forwards gained some traction. Good ball was wasted and the hosts opened the score on fifteen minutes through a Ricky Alford penalty. Service levelled and then went behind as Alford struck again. At half time the scores were 6-6 and the elements were in Service’s favour. The visitors won a scrum from the kick off as the ball went out on the full, they never benefited from this as good home defence prevailed. Harbury drew ahead through another Alford penalty and extended this through his boot for a 12-6 lead after Service infringed again.

The lead remained secure until Harbury failed to deal effectively with a bouncing ball in the home five metre area and a visiting forward forced his way over the line. Surprisingly, Service’s go to man missed the conversion and the score remained just one point in Harbury’s favour. Another penalty 35 metres out was missed and Harbury breathed again.

The hosts were living on dangerous ground as any indiscretion within the red zone would certainly be snapped up and with five minutes remaining that happened and Service took the lead 14-12.

Harbury refused to back down and great pressure and securing the ball well characterised their determination. They forced Service into errors and worked their way down the blindside and seemed to have scored. The referee awarded a penalty and Ricky Alford was left with the chance to win the game with the final play of the game. The kick could not have been more difficult. It was wide out and angled at a distance of 35 metres. Whilst the wind had dropped slightly the conversion required skill and judgement. To the huge delight of his team mates and supporters it was successful and Harbury emerged deserved winners in a tight and difficult game.

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Key moments

10:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
17:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Birmingham Civil Service
22:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
40:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Birmingham Civil Service
48:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
54:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
56:00
Try Try for Birmingham Civil Service
65:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Birmingham Civil Service
80:00
Penalty Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury

Highlights

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80:00 Penalty 15 - 14
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
68:00 Sub Off
Dave Rooney is substituted off for Harbury
68:00 Sub On
Andy Sandford is substituted on for Harbury
65:00 Penalty 12 - 14
Penalty kicked for Birmingham Civil Service
56:00 Try 12 - 11
Try for Birmingham Civil Service
56:00 Missed Conversion
Conversion missed for Birmingham Civil Service
54:00 Penalty 12 - 6
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
48:00 Penalty 9 - 6
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Dave Hayden is substituted on for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Ian Kimberley is substituted off for Harbury
End of period 1
40:00 Penalty 6 - 6
Penalty kicked for Birmingham Civil Service
22:00 Penalty 6 - 3
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
17:00 Penalty 3 - 3
Penalty kicked for Birmingham Civil Service
12:00 Sub Off
Daniel Bennett is substituted off for Harbury
12:00 Sub On
Richard Mazurek is substituted on for Harbury
10:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Ricky Alford kicks a penalty for Harbury
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harbury
  • Birmingham Civil Service
  • 0
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 10:00'
  • Daniel Bennett Sub Off 12:00'
  • Richard Mazurek Sub On 12:00'
  • Penalty 17:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 22:00'
  • Penalty 40:00'
  • Dave Hayden Sub On 40:00'
  • Ian Kimberley Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 48:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 54:00'
  • Try 56:00'
  • Penalty 65:00'
  • Andy Sandford Sub On 68:00'
  • Dave Rooney Sub Off 68:00'
  • Ricky Alford Penalty 80:00'

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League table

# 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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