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1st XV - Match centre

Harbury
Claverdon
D Kittendorf, R Alford, A Sandford
Tries
Unknown, Unknown
R Alford (2)
Conversions
Unknown, Unknown
Penalties
Unknown
Sat 7 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 4 West (South) Full time

VPs Day Nail Biter

Earlier in the season the game at Claverdon ended as a 24-24 draw

These two Clubs have been playing one another at one level or another for over 50 years. Most matches have been close with little more than one or two score between the teams.

Earlier in the season the game at Claverdon ended as a 24-24 draw. The return saw a mere two points separate the sides. The match was as tight as the final result indicated. Claverdon, with their position for next season in the league secure, were keen to gain local bragging rights Harbury, meanwhile needed the win to help ensure their safety. The result being crucial.

A strong wind blew down the pitch towards the Clubhouse and this helped the visitor’s game management with the aim to gain territorial advantage from which to launch their attacks.
They took a 3-0 lead into the first quarter with a penalty when Harbury were caught offside.

Harbury responded with an excellent try. They initially attempted `route one’ through their forwards but this was frustrated and they were penalised. A change of approach through the backs and keeping the ball in hand enabled centre Daz Kittendorf to use his strength and touch down way for a deserved try, Ricky Alford's conversion attempt striking the upright.

Just before half time Claverdon regained the lead when they forced their way through the home cover for a converted try, and move ahead 10-5 at the break.

Harbury keen to regain the initiative and good use of the wind took them deep into the Claverdon 22. Quick won ball and moving the ball quickly enabled replacement centre Steve Alford to use his pace to break the line and a simple offload to brother Ricky add a second try. This was Steve's return to rugby after a broken bone in his leg had led to his unavailability since December. Brother Ricky also added the conversion.

Harbury were in the driving seat at this stage but they let a couple of clear cut opportunities begging when the final passes were dropped. They added a further converted try to extend the lead to nine points in the 68th minute.

Claverdon were not prepared to lie down and came back strongly to dominate possession and move the ball quickly and effectively. They were helped immensely when Harbury were reduced to 14 players following Daz Kittendorfs yellow card.
The visitors responded with a well taken try and with the conversion added narrowed the gap to just two points.

They did have two more opportunities to regain the lead and place the hosts under pressure. A 35 metre angle penalty went wide and then the key moment of the game occurred in the final minutes. Claverdon won quick ball at the breakdown and took the ball wide to give their left wing the chance to score. He was though effectively checked by full back Alford, who took the man, ripped the ball from him and then kicked the ball out of hand to touch and so gain his side 40 metres downfield.

The game finished minutes later in midfield and Harbury kicked the ball out for a satisfying win in a tight competitive match which both teams contributed to immensely.

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Key moments

10:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Claverdon
20:00
Try Daz Kittendorf scores for Harbury
39:00
Try Try for Claverdon
39:00
Conversion Conversion for Claverdon
45:00
Try Ricky Alford scores for Harbury
45:00
Conversion Ricky Alford kicks a conversion for Harbury
70:00
Try Try for Claverdon
70:00
Conversion Conversion for Claverdon
74:00
Try Andy Sandford scores for Harbury
74:00
Conversion Ricky Alford kicks a conversion for Harbury

Highlights

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75:00 Sub On
Daniel Taylor is substituted on for Harbury
75:00 Sub Off
Tom Allen is substituted off for Harbury
74:00 Try 19 - 17
Andy Sandford scores for Harbury
74:00 Conversion 14 - 17
Ricky Alford kicks a conversion for Harbury
70:00 Conversion 12 - 17
Conversion for Claverdon
70:00 Try 12 - 15
Try for Claverdon
60:00 Sub On
Chris Bearman is substituted on for Harbury
60:00 Sub Off
Daniel Taylor is substituted off for Harbury
60:00 Sub On
Mark Finch is substituted on for Harbury
60:00 Sub Off
Ian Kimberley is substituted off for Harbury
51:00 Yellow Card
Daz Kittendorf is yellow carded for Harbury
45:00 Conversion 7 - 10
Ricky Alford kicks a conversion for Harbury Watch the video
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45:00 Try 12 - 10
Ricky Alford scores for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Tom Kittendorf is substituted off for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Chris Bearman is substituted off for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Steven Alford is substituted on for Harbury
40:00 Sub Off
Matthew Morphett is substituted off for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Ricky Bearman is substituted on for Harbury
40:00 Sub On
Dave Hayden is substituted on for Harbury
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 5 - 5
Conversion for Claverdon
39:00 Try 5 - 10
Try for Claverdon
20:00 Try 5 - 3
Daz Kittendorf scores for Harbury
15:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Claverdon
10:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Penalty kicked for Claverdon
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Harbury
  • Claverdon
  • 0
  • Penalty 10:00'
  • Yellow Card 15:00'
  • Daz Kittendorf Try 20:00'
  • Try 39:00'
  • Conversion 39:00'
  • Chris Bearman Sub Off 40:00'
  • Tom Kittendorf Sub Off 40:00'
  • Ricky Bearman Sub On 40:00'
  • Matthew Morphett Sub Off 40:00'
  • Steven Alford Sub On 40:00'
  • Dave Hayden Sub On 40:00'
  • Ricky Alford Try 45:00'
  • Ricky Alford Conversion 45:00'
  • Daz Kittendorf Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Chris Bearman Sub On 60:00'
  • Daniel Taylor Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ian Kimberley Sub Off 60:00'
  • Mark Finch Sub On 60:00'
  • Try 70:00'
  • Conversion 70:00'
  • Andy Sandford Try 74:00'
  • Ricky Alford Conversion 74:00'
  • Tom Allen Sub Off 75:00'
  • Daniel Taylor Sub On 75:00'

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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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