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L Norton, R Gemmell, J Borthwick
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Sat 6 Oct 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Tamworth Edge Thriller


Tamworth 22 Wolverhampton 18

Tamworth went into this fixture full of confidence after 3 wins in the first 3 outings in Mids 2 west north but also knowing that this recently relegated Wolverhampton side would probably prove there stiffest test to date.
So it proved to be as the sides locked horns and provided the watching supporters with a truly entertaining first half an hour which due to staunch defence from both sets of players remained scoreless.
The deadlock was broken on 34 mins by the visitors who outnumbered Tamworth on the wing and finished smartly. 0-5
The home side responded almost immediately with the forward pack trundling forward and after what seemed an age of seeing attempt after attempt repelled Leighton Norton finally forced his way over Callum Render slotted the conversion and Tamworth had a narrow 7-5 lead to take into the break.
The tie swung back in Wolverhampton’s favour just 8 mins into the second period as again they worked the ball wide and found room around the outside to score 7-10.
Once more Tamworth responded well and had the lead back 6 mins later as John Borthwick found a bit of space to run into and timed his pass to Rob Gemmell to perfection and the winger did the rest finishing well 12-10.
The visitors would score next crashing over to take a 3 point lead 12-15 and the game was still there for the taking by either side.
The sides traded penalty’s Render on target for Tamworth 15-18
As the clock ran down Borthwick capitalised on a Wolverhampton Knock on hacking the ball through and after a footrace was the first to dive onto the ball to score Render added the extras in what would prove to be the last action in this enthralling game in which both sides deserve great credit.
Final Score
Tamworth 22
Wolverhampton 18

Key moments

Try Leighton Norton scores for Tamworth
Conversion Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
Try Rob Gemmell scores for Tamworth
Penalty Callum Render kicks a penalty for Tamworth
Try John Borthwick scores for Tamworth
Conversion Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth


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80:00 Conversion 22 - 0
Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
79:00 Try 20 - 0
John Borthwick scores for Tamworth
70:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Callum Render kicks a penalty for Tamworth
55:00 Try 12 - 0
Rob Gemmell scores for Tamworth
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Callum Render kicks a conversion for Tamworth
38:00 Try 5 - 0
Leighton Norton scores for Tamworth
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As it happened

  • Tamworth
  • Wolverhampton
  • 0
  • Leighton Norton Try 38:00'
  • Callum Render Conversion 39:00'
  • Rob Gemmell Try 55:00'
  • Callum Render Penalty 70:00'
  • John Borthwick Try 79:00'
  • Callum Render Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

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

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League table

# 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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