Old Coventrians 45 Alcester 19
Midlands Three West (South)
ALCESTER suffered their sixth successive loss on Saturday despite a positive start to the match and playing the second half against 14 men.
The visitors took the early ascendancy and, despite Mat Ashby kicking a long-range penalty slightly wide of the posts, soon afterwards a great offload by Louis Smith set Lewis Walker free to score under the posts. Ashby redeemed himself and added the extras via the conversion.
Old Coventrians hit back with a try of their own but were unable to convert before 25 minutes in Walker scored his second try of the game to extend Alcester’s lead.
The home side were delivered a kick in the teeth when they were forced down to 14 men as a player was red-carded for improper behaviour, but Alcester soon received a blow of their own as Walker was forced to leave the pitch with a dislocated shoulder.
That soon brought about half-time and Alcester still held on to a 12-5 lead and they now had the advantage of the extra man.
Despite this, the home side came out fighting in the second half undeterred by the red card incident and they scored four unanswered tries to gain the bonus point before they were temporarily put down to 13 men after a yellow card.
Now with two extra men, Alcester were able to capitalise as Ed Gough made it across the whitewash and Ashby converted but it was not enough as Old Coventrians ran in another two tries before the full-time whistle to claim a resounding victory.
Alcester’s second team fixture fell to the hands of the recent weather conditions as the Kings Coughton pitch was ruled unplayable due to lying surface water.
On Saturday, Alcester hope to put an end to their losing streak as they travel to mid-table Ledbury, whilst the 2nds take on Bromsgrove Veterans.