Bournville Secure Impressive Win
Walsall 12 Bournville 63
Promotion chasing Bournville were simply bigger, stronger and faster than a plucky Walsall team. The visitors had to ensure that they achieved a bonus point victory in order to maintain their quest for promotion from Midlands One West. Walsall, in contrast, are doomed for relegation and will be playing at level 7 for the first time in their history next season.
The Birmingham team showed their intentions right from the start as they kept possession from deep in their own half until winger Cooksammy touched down near the corner flag. It was a similar pattern of play two minutes later with lock forward and captain Griffin going over. Walsall then had their first period of pressure as winger Fearnhead charged down a kick. Unfortunately the attack was stopped inches from the visitor’s tryline. The visitors, however, were more methodical with their attacks as full back Sumner finished off a sustained period of pressure with a score.
The hosts fought back strongly with Gozlikucuk, Weston and Naylor all making good, defence breaking runs with Weaver and Clarke supporting well. Although it resulted in a Bournville scrum, Pittaway harassed his opposite number with Fearnhead and flanker Williamson in support. The ensuing race for the touchdown was won by Williamson with Weston adding an excellent touchline conversion. But the next seven minutes saw Bournville seal the game with four tries in quick succession. Sumner went over wide out, Oliver supported well for a try from a lineout and flanker Lawrenson ran sixty meters through some fragile Walsall tackles for a spectacular try. Finally Cooksammy got his second after another long range ball running attack. The usually reliable Warner was only successful with one of his conversion attempts.
The start of the second half saw Walsall have a period of sustained pressure with replacement Rob Angell having several defence breaking runs. But, once again, they were shown how to win and maintain possession as Cooksammy crossed for his ha t trick. A Gozlikucuk yellow card further weakened Walsall and it was centre Whybrow that ended the next attack with a try that Warner converted. Hard working flanker Reece Bennett had a chance of a score for the hosts, but he just failed to hang on to a bouncing ball. As Bournville looked to run the ball at every occasion it was No8 Harper that broke through for their next score. But, near the end there was a deserved score for the hosts as Williamson broke from a scrum and passed to Pittaway. The Walsall scrum half and captain did well to go through from fifteen meters. The visitors, however, had the final score as Lawrenson made another terrific try scoring break with Warner adding his third conversion of the half.