First XV - Report
|Kings Norton||24||vs||22||Old Leamingtonians|
Kings Norton 24, Old Leamingtonians 22
KINGS Norton gained a well-earned victory in this exciting Midlands Three West (South) clash which ebbed and flowed throughout.
The visitors spurned two golden chances to win the game in the final 15 minutes of play in their desire to score a fourth and bonus-point try, rather than take the necessary three points from two kickable penalty opportunities.
From the kick-off it was clear Kings were going to have to use their faster counter-attacking abilities to thwart the strong and heavier forwards from Leamington, who generally dominated the set pieces.
The visitors might have scored after seven minutes only to knock on with the line begging and despite some excellent home defending they eventually went over for a converted try on 13 minutes.
Kings came straight back and a fine move down the left flank which saw Louis Stelling ghosting through to score, Ken Whitehouse missed the touchline conversion.
As the game developed, Leamingtonians stretched their lead in the 19th-minute when they scored out wide, only to succumb six minutes later to Kings’ best try of the match.
Having won turnover ball on the halfway line, Whitehouse set his backs away.
Yassin Ayachi made a break and he cleverly released the supporting Chris Carlin who opened up a wide gap to play in Jack Fairhust to outpace the defence to touch down. Carlin added the conversion.
Leamingtonians replied with a try but Norton edged ahead 19-17 before half-time when they were awarded a penalty try.
The second period was a tense with the visitors regaining the lead after some 15 minutes with a great forward drive pushing the home pack over their line.
Earlier, James Kidd had replaced the injured Graham Morrison in the front row, which did nothing towards increasing the weight of the home pack but added a new dimension in speed and mobility.
Ben Boyce replaced the hard-working Sam Westwood and then midway through the period, Marcus Bender powered over for a try after good work by Tom Hatfield, Tom Kendrick and Gareth Johnson.