Alcester 31 Trinity Guild 19
Midlands Five West (South)
ALCESTER ran in five tries to win their final league game at home this season against a much-improved Trinity Guild on Saturday.
Alcester had to dig deep to complete this victory which keeps them top of the table on points difference from second placed Birmingham Civil Service, who have a game in hand.
Within five minutes the home side found themselves 5-0 down when Alcester’s defence was not good enough to keep out Trinity.
A positive response was needed and it came soon enough when scrum half Robbie Parker jinked through the defence to score his team’s first try of the match, which was converted by fly half Glyn Smith.
Teenage winger Alex Chiles extended Alcester’s lead after a quarter of the game when his pace was simply too hot to handle for the visitors’ defence. Smith slotted home the conversion to make it 14-5 to the hosts.
Fine support play from flanker Harry Abell saw him add to his try tally for the season and extend his team’s lead to 19-5, although a second score from Trinity pulled it back to 19-12 at the interval.
Changes at half time saw Sam Smith come into the centre and Jamie Clarke move into the back row. Prop Louis Smith was forced to leave the field after a nasty knock to his head.
An early second half try from winger Jake Grainger – his first for the first team – stretched Alcester’s lead before scrum half Parker secured the victory with his second try of the game which was converted by Glyn Smith.
With Alcester’s pack further disrupted by an injury to young lock Ed Johnson, the home side was stretched up front in the final quarter. Prop Jason Richings and his opposite number both received yellow cards after a scuffle and down to 14 men the advantage was clearly with the visitors.
Back rower Phil Birks led the defensive effort and won himself the man of the match award. He was supported well by good tackling displays from Clarke and Josh Eborall.
Late on Trinity Guild did cross for the final try of the game, but the win had been secured by Alcester some time before and they can look forward to their final league game of the season at Wellesbourne on Saturday as the table-toppers, although they look likely to be promoted as runners-up.
Kick-off at the Home Guard Club in Tiddington is 3pm on Saturday.
ALCESTER are in the process of finalising arrangements for various events within their usual busy end of season programme.
On Saturday, April 25 they will host their annual charity day at Kings Coughton when a three-way fixture between an Alcester XV, ex-Armed Forces XV and another to be confirmed local side will take place for the Help for Heroes Trophy. There will be various other attractions on the day starting from 1pm and all friends old and new will be made most welcome.
On Sunday, April 26 the annual seven-a-side tournament will be held at the club. Entries are now being accepted for the event that will start at midday and will feature the main competition as well as plate competition for those teams eliminated early in the tournament.
Teams can register their interest by contacting tournament organiser Andy Flynn at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 07923 436184.
On Saturday, May 9 Alcester RFC will host their ‘Rugby Club Ball’ which this year will be held at Mappleborough Green Village Hall from 7pm. Tickets, priced £275 for a table of ten, for the black tie event can be obtained by contacting the club (see www.pitchero.com/clubs/alcesterrfc) for more information.
Whilst non-members are more than welcome to attend, there is limited space available and interested parties are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.
Redditch 2nds 12 Alcester 2nds 44
ALCESTER 2nds recorded an excellent away win at their nearest neighbours, despite only travelling with 14 men.
Seventeen-year-old Lewis Walker, having only qualified for senior rugby last month, started in an unfamiliar position at scrum half, but acquitted himself particularly well and helped himself to two tries.
Former club captain Joe Sears, who now lives away from the area, returned for the weekend and added a try, as did second XV skipper Ben Lunnon who made a welcome return to action following a long injury lay-off.
Jasper Foster, Stu Whitehead and Rup Daffern completed the try-scoring for the visitors, with Lunnon adding a penalty kick and a conversion and Sears slotting two conversions.
TRIES from Tom Goddard, stand-in scrum half Ed Alborghetti, Cameron Hinckley and Callum Wright guided Alcester U16s to an impressive 22-20 victory over Old Leamingtonians.
A successful conversion from fly half Josh O’Connor also proved crucial for Alcester in a match which saw the lead change hands four times.
A trio of Alcester 2nds players put the tackle in to stop an attempted break by Redditch. Picture by Lee Williams. (s)
The Kingfishers 2nds’ Michael Allen beats the tackle to go on an impressive run. Picture by Lee Williams. (s)
Redditch 2nds’ Michael Allen attempts to hand off the Alcester defender. Picture by Lee Williams. (s)
Michael Allen is caught by the Alcester 2nds defence. Picture by Lee Williams. (s)