Coventrians 17 Redditch 19
Midlands Four West (South)
REDDITCH returned from Coventry on Saturday with a valuable and hard earned victory.
The Kingfishers knew if they were to gain anything from the game they had to front up and take the contest to the opposition and their determination was clear from the outset as three penalties from the golden boot of Tom Saddington put them 9-0 up.
Some dubious refereeing decisions allowed Coventrians to score two breakaway tries which were both converted, but Redditch dominated in all areas and, after Matt Allen went over in the corner, Redditch were all square at half time at 14-14.
In the second half the Redditch pack and defence held strong throughout and scrum half James Mills pinched a valuable try to put Redditch into a 19-14 lead.
Coventrians still attacked from deep hoping to penetrate and they were awarded a penalty which they converted to ensure a close finish.
However, Redditch defended strongly and eventually prevailed.
Number eight Phil Goddard produced an outstanding display for the visitors and good defensive tackling from Mark Green and captain Gareth Davies was also vital.
Redditch are at home to Coventry Welsh in a mid-table game on Saturday.