SOUTHAM 6 - 30 KENILWORTH
Southam were looking for a win to kick start their season as they faced visitors Kenilworth
Southam were looking for a win to kick start their season as they faced visitors Kenilworth, who played with the strong wind at their backs in the first half. The wind played a part in the first try as Kenilworth chipped deep into the hosts 22, only for the ball to bounce high enough over the last defender to be touched down by the chasing winger. A penalty for side entry at a ruck pushed the score to 8-0 .
Southam prop Tom Bird sustained a leg injury to be replaced by Charlie Gilkes. The next score was another penalty, this time for an off-side offence, which also resulted in a yellow card. Several attempts to relieve pressure with touchline clearance kicks, were unsuccessful and in fact kept the home side pinned in their 22. Defence was good and the rising tackle count seemed to galvanise the team and their share of possession started to improve. On the half hour however, Will Bostock left the field and uncontested scrums followed for the remainder of the match.
Southam conceded another penalty and subsequent yellow card for not retiring 10 metres. 0-11. But enjoyed a period of good ball retention and support play culminating in a penalty, converted by Jon Lowden. Kenilworth threatened with a counter attack, only to be thwarted by a Tom Boag try saving tackle out wide. A second converted penalty by Lowden gave a half time score 6-11, which the hosts would settle for with the elements in their favour for the second half.
However with a further yellow card and a lengthy injury delay, which saw replacement prop Gilkes leave the field, the game struggled to find continuity. Kenilworth pressed for long periods with Southam’s defence tested, with man of the match Rich Lloyd-Jones integral to that effort.
When the stalemate was broken, the game quickly moved out of Southam’s reach, a well worked try in the corner by the Kenilworth winger was followed almost immediately by an intercepted short line out throw, pushing the final score to 6-30.