Birmingham Exiles 10 Alcester 73
Midlands Five West (South)
ALCESTER romped to their first league win of the new year on Saturday as they ran in 11 tries to record their biggest league victory for years and make it 125 points against the Birmingham strugglers in securing a league double over them this season.
Centre pairing Andy Conway and skipper Jack Green led the scoring with seven tries between them in a dominant midfield performance which paved the way for a win which sent Alcester to the top of the table on points difference over second placed Birmingham Civil Service, who have a game in hand.
Alcester were on top throughout this game and had secured the victory and a bonus point for four tries inside the first quarter of the game.
The first try came from number 8 George Green, doing what good number 8s should do, when he found himself on his fly half’s shoulder to crash through the defence. The impressive number 10 Glyn Smith then kicked the first of his nine successful conversions.
In quick succession tries followed from winger Alex Chiles and centres Andy Conway and Jack Green.
The home side did respond with a fine try of their own out wide before Conway and his captain Jack Green kept the scores coming for Alcester by both adding their second tries.
Alcester flanker Ben Hope then had to leave the field due to an ankle injury and was replaced by teenager Harry Abell, although the change did nothing to disrupt Alcester and man of the match Conway completed his first half hat-trick to give his team a 45-5 lead at half time.
Changes at half time included veteran prop Nev Teasdale coming on for his first league appearance of the season and the tries kept on coming for Alcester.
The first was from lock Matt Alderman who deserved his try for his best performance of the season so far and further tries arrived from full back Tom Pedley, a fourth of the day for Conway and a third for captain Jack Green.
The home side did add a second try late on but Alcester, whose next league game is at home to Copsewood on January 31, won this game convincingly and deservedly collected maximum points.
Alcester 2nds 5 Birmingham Medics XV 32
THE ANNUAL visit of the University of Birmingham Medical Students – ‘the Medics’ – was only a second XV affair this season, but the visitors were backed by a coachload of their supporters at Kings Coughton to enjoy the rugby, as well as the after game activities that are now so synonymous with a visit of the Medics.
On the field, the home side were on the back foot throughout, but they made a real game of it and were outscored by five tries to one. Alcester’s try came from Tony Darby as the veteran fly half waltzed through several tackles on his way to the line.
ALCESTER U16s were beaten 26-22 at Dudley Kingswinford.
It was an unfortunate result for Alcester, who narrowly missed out on taking the scalp of one of the powerhouse clubs of the Midlands rugby scene when they conceded a last minute try which saw the home side seal a late comeback.
The hosts took an early lead with a converted try but good work from Josh O’Connor, Jamie Harland and Ousman Mohammad saw Ed Alborghetti cross the try line for Alcester to reduce the deficit to two points.
Further Alcester pressure saw good runs from Alborghetti, Harland and Tom Goddard which brought Alcester close but excellent defence kept the score at 7-5 at half time.
Alcester stepped it up a gear in the second half and O’Connor crossed the try line to give them the lead, which was further extended when Mohammad finished another period of Alcester pressure and the conversion, made by Harland, gave Alcester a 17-7 lead.
Stung by these two quickfire tries, the hosts responded with a try of their own, only for the visitors’ Joel Barker to collect a kick through from O’Connor and cross the line to restore Alcester’s ten-point lead.
However, in the final ten minutes the hosts scored a converted try against a tiring defence and in the last minute missed tackles allowed Dudley Kingswinford to cross the Alcester line again to seal victory with another converted try.