Hereford made up for the frustrations of the past few weeks with a sparkling display against fellow strugglers Kenilworth
They ran in eight tries and had earned their try bonus before half time. Hereford opened the score after 15 minutes when, from a catch and drive in the Kenilworth 22, Luke Fisher touched down for a try which Dean Powell improved with the first of his six successful kicks at goal. Kenilworth responded and forced a penalty which they landed to reduce the deficit. The firm going suited the Wyesiders’ style of play and a Tom Ewins break in mid-field provided an opening for Perry Pudge to race over for Hereford’s second try. A handling movement involving Matt Pritchard, Ben Osborne and Ollie Hutcheson ended with Hutcheson scoring under the posts. Before the interval, Osborne made a break in mid-field and handed on to Charlie Loughman, who beat two defenders to score the bonus point try. Dean Powell converted both tries to take the half time score to 26 points to 3.
In the second period, the Kenilworth backs, now playing down the slope, showed they too were capable of mounting some dangerous attacks. Hereford continued to control the game through half backs Dean Powell and Fran Jennings and centres Perry Pudge and Ton Ewins combined well in the centre. The Wyesiders registered four further tries in the second half. A well-judged kick ahead from Ben Osborne was chased by Charlie Loughman who dispossessed the Kenilworth defender and Richard Preece, following up, claimed the try. Two forward tries followed, Luke Fisher benefited from a push over and Andrew Potter drove over from close quarters. Finally, Perry Pudge broke through in the centre and fed Charlie Loughman, who beat several defenders to score the last Hereford try. Dean Powell converted three of the second half tries and Kenilworth scored a well-deserved consolation try in injury time to take the closing score to 52 points to 8. Hereford gave a first team debut to 18 years old prop, Jed Goodrum, who had a very good game in a dominant Hereford pack.
A delighted head coach, Luke Fisher, applauded a very good whole squad performance. He said, “The lads brought in stepped up to the mark and the pack functioned together and dominated their opponents. We used teamwork and good structures to break down the defence, leading to some good individual tries from backs and forwards. Deano controlled the game well, but my star man was Pritch who gave us lots of go-forward and was dominant in defence.” Next Saturday there is a North Midlands Plate match at Wyeside when Hereford take on Dudley Kingswinford, the kick off is 2.30 pm. The following week it’s back to league action with a trip to Moseley Oak.
Updated 09:42 - 21 Mar 2017 by Rob Davies