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Tamworth
Stafford
D Norton, J Borthwick, R Gemmell, J Carroll, J Arnold
Tries
C Render (4)
Conversions
Sat 29 Sep 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Tamworth Make It Three From Three

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Tamworth 33 Stafford 17

Tamworth welcomed Stafford to Wiggington Park on Saturday hoping to extend their winning streak to 3 and started the brighter of the two sides. Pegging Stafford back into their own 22.
The home side were rewarded after 16 minutes when Skipper Danny Norton crossed after some good work from Macaulay Green who ran a great line to burst through the Stafford defence and Liam McGreevy who reacted first to pounce on the loose ball but as the ball was recycled Norton still had a lot to do and he was up to the task beating 2 tackles to dive over.
Callum Render added the extra points from the tee and Tamworth led 7-0.
The lead was short lived as Stafford hit on the counter and despite the best efforts of the retreating Tamworth defence levelled the scores at 7-7.
Then followed a real purple patch for Tamworth as the pack turned over a Stafford scrum John Borthwick scored a fabulous individual try jinking his way under the posts leaving the visiting defenders in his wake.
Render was again accurate from the tee 14-7.
Tamworth fielded the ball from the kick off and mounted another attack working the ball smartly along the back line ending up with Rob Gemmill on the wing who bounced the final defender to cross.
Render slotted the extra 2 and Tamworth went into half time with a fairly comfortable 21-7 lead.
A combination of solid Stafford defending and a few mistakes from Tamworth kept the scoreline the same for the first 20 minutes of the second period before the deadlock was finally broken as the ball was won in the scrum it was well worked by Render, Billy Green and Conor Banham and a great offload to Jimmy Carroll saw him go over to effectively put the tie to bed with the bonus point try 28-7.
Jon Arnold would round off Tamworth’s scoring crossing in the corner 33-7
To their great credit Stafford stuck at their task and scored 2 late try’s to narrow the deficit 33-17.
This win saw Tamworth move up to 2nd in Mids 2 and gives them a great foundation to build a successful season.
Final Score Tamworth 33 Stafford 17

Key moments

16:00
Try Danny Norton scores for Tamworth
17:00
Conversion Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
30:00
Try John Borthwick scores for Tamworth
31:00
Conversion Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
32:00
Try Rob Gemmell scores for Tamworth
33:00
Conversion Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
60:00
Try Jimmy Carroll scores for Tamworth
61:00
Conversion Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
70:00
Try Jon Arnold scores for Tamworth

Highlights

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70:00 Try 33 - 0
Jon Arnold scores for Tamworth
61:00 Conversion 28 - 0
Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
60:00 Try 26 - 0
Jimmy Carroll scores for Tamworth
End of period 1
33:00 Conversion 21 - 0
Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
32:00 Try 19 - 0
Rob Gemmell scores for Tamworth
31:00 Conversion 14 - 0
Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
30:00 Try 12 - 0
John Borthwick scores for Tamworth
17:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
16:00 Try 5 - 0
Danny Norton scores for Tamworth
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As it happened

  • Tamworth
  • Stafford
  • 0
  • Danny Norton Try 16:00'
  • Callum Render Conversion 17:00'
  • John Borthwick Try 30:00'
  • Callum Render Conversion 31:00'
  • Rob Gemmell Try 32:00'
  • Callum Render Conversion 33:00'
  • Jimmy Carroll Try 60:00'
  • Callum Render Conversion 61:00'
  • Jon Arnold Try 70:00'

Team selection

Jackson, Kieran Jackson, Kieran
Gemmell, Rob Gemmell, Rob
Green, Billy Green, Billy
Render, Callum Render, Callum
Carroll, Jimmy Carroll, Jimmy
Norton, Danny Norton, Danny
Borthwick, John Borthwick, John
Norton, Leighton Norton, Leighton
Green, Macauley Green, Macauley
Hough, Rob Hough, Rob
McGreevy, Liam McGreevy, Liam
McEntee, Connor McEntee, Connor
White, Matthew White, Matthew
Scott, Tom Scott, Tom
Hutchinson, Joe Hutchinson, Joe

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Ludlow 22 95
2. Tamworth 22 84
3. Wolverhampton 22 80
4. Camp Hill 22 78
5. Leek 22 73
6. Crewe & Nantwich 22 68
7. Newcastle (Staffs) 22 53

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