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J Arnold, K Jackson, R Gemmell
K Jackson
C Render (2)
Sat 22 Apr 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Tamworth Round Off Season In Fine Style

Away win at Leek

Tamworth travelled to Leek for their final game of the season with a mix of youth and experience knowing their fifth place was safe but for the home side only a bonus point win would keep their promotion hopes alive.
And as early as the 1st minute it looked as if they may have their way as they scored a push over try which was converted to give them an early 7-0 lead.
Tamworth however recovered from their slow start and some robust tackling from the forwards and some slick work from the backs made it clear that they were not there to just make the numbers up.
There was to be no further scoring in a none the less extremely entertaining half and the hosts went into the break with a less than comfortable 7-0 lead.
With some rallying half time words from the coaches still ringing in their ears Tamworth started the second period well and levelled the scores on 44 minutes when Jon Arnold’s pace was too hot for Leek to handle and he flew over to score Kieren Jackson converted and Tamworth were right back in this fixture.
Just a minute later Jackson scored an excellent try weaving his way in through the home defence to put them into a deserved 7-12 Lead.
Then Tamworth came under pressure as Rob Hough was very harshly red carded for a high tackle.
As hard as Leek tried they could not convert numbers or pressure into points as Tamworth put on a gutsy defensive display to keep them out.
The pressure was eased on Tamworth when the Leek winger was just as harshly red carded for a similar tackle to Hough’s.
Tamworth kept the scoreboard ticking over with a couple of Callum Render penalty’s to move into 7-18 lead.
The visitors rounded off a heroic display with another fine try John Borthwick threaded a perfectly weighted kick through the Leek back line and it was Rob Gemmell showing his pace to win the foot race and dive onto the ball.
Final Score
Leek 7
Tamworth 23

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

Try Jon Arnold scores for Tamworth
Conversion Kieran Jackson kicks a conversion for Tamworth
Try Kieran Jackson scores for Tamworth
Penalty Callum Render kicks a penalty for Tamworth
Penalty Callum Render kicks a penalty for Tamworth
Try Rob Gemmell scores for Tamworth


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73:00 Try 0 - 23
Rob Gemmell scores for Tamworth
61:00 Penalty 0 - 18
Callum Render kicks a penalty for Tamworth
58:00 Penalty 0 - 15
Callum Render kicks a penalty for Tamworth
46:00 Try 0 - 12
Kieran Jackson scores for Tamworth
45:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Kieran Jackson kicks a conversion for Tamworth
44:00 Try 0 - 5
Jon Arnold scores for Tamworth
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As it happened

  • Leek
  • Tamworth
  • 0
  • Jon Arnold Try 44:00'
  • Kieran Jackson Conversion 45:00'
  • Kieran Jackson Try 46:00'
  • Callum Render Penalty 58:00'
  • Callum Render Penalty 61:00'
  • Rob Gemmell Try 73:00'

Team selection

Carroll, Jimmy Carroll, Jimmy
Gemmell, Rob Gemmell, Rob
Render, Callum Render, Callum
Shorthouse, Ben Shorthouse, Ben
Arnold, Jon Arnold, Jon
Jackson, Kieran Jackson, Kieran
Borthwick, John Borthwick, John
Jones, Gary Jones, Gary
Hough, Rob Hough, Rob
Green, Macauley Green, Macauley
Storer, Matt Storer, Matt
McGreevy, Liam McGreevy, Liam
Burrows, Stuart Burrows, Stuart
Banham, Conor Banham, Conor
Norton, Jason Norton, Jason

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Stourbridge Lions 22 92
2. Camp Hill 22 90
3. Leek 22 84
4. Walsall 22 73
5. Tamworth 22 62
6. Kidderminster 22 54
7. Veseyans 22 42

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