Midlands 2 West (South) Droitwich 29 Southam 10
A good day for the Southam pack, but the score reflects too many Southam mistakes
Southam played the top of table for a successive week and although having the beating of them in the scrums, they came away empty handed . Playing into a strong first half wind, Southam defended well although they struggled to gain territory into the Droitwich half .A strong passage of of play by Droitwich resulted in a try saving tackle by winger Will Clarke . Southam held out till 30 min, when a rolling maul resulted in a Droitwich try. Droitwich increased there lead with a converted try on half time whistle after playing 10 mins of extra time for no apparent reason. HT 12-0
Southam now had the strong wind in there favour ,they replaced lock James Finch with Ollie, but Droitwich upped there game and kept the ball away from the Southams hands .They increased their lead when Southam went to sleep and quick hands resulted in a try in the corner.17-0. Southam pack were dominant in the scrum with Deeming ,Bostock and Catterall, proving a solid front row . The line outs were not so good with the departure of flanker Russ King, who was winning line out for Southam. Southam kept making mistakes, which gave possession back to Droitwich. Southam lost influential flanker Pete Burnell to the sin bin for offside offence and Droitwich made the advantage pay as they scored a converted try 24-0 . Southam started to dominate the last quarter and a great rolling maul resulted in a try for scrum half Tom Reeve . Southam should have scored, when another good scrummage pushed Droitwich over the line only for the no8 to drop the ball!!. Droitwich scored another try to take the score to 29-5 as Southam threatened, then a great take in the line out by lock Andy Ford resulted in a try for sub prop Charlie Gilkes .
A game which could have been more profitable for Southam, if mistakes had not been so prolific ,for Southam the pack were more than equal to a much larger Droitwich pack, Coach and full back John Lowden and scrum half Tom Reeve shone in a disappointing game for Southam