ALCESTER experienced mixed fortunes as they ended the year with a three-team tournament against Willenhall and Handsworth on Saturday.
A makeshift Alcester team were beaten 17-5 by Willenhall in a 30-minute game. Antony Cauvin scored Alcester’s only points after a brilliant hand-off.
The second game, also played over 30 minutes, was more successful as Alcester secured a 12-0 win over Handsworth. Chris Cox scored his first try for the club and youngster Cian Allen scored the second. Cauvin converted one.
Sixth placed Alcester resume Midlands Three West (South) action on Saturday at bottom side Bromyard. The 2nds host Claverdon 2nds in a friendly.
ON BOXING Day, Alcester held their annual inter-club game as the Chairman’s XV took on a President’s team, with the latter winning 21-17.
Unlike previous years where names and positions have been chosen out of a hat, this year’s match took a more organised approach.
Despite being ill and unable to play, chairman Andy Flynn chose players he had played alongside during his 21-year rugby career at Alcester and then those he had once coached as juniors who were now at senior level.
President Andy Miller had the remainder of players who did not fit the previous criteria but some exceptions were made to even out the strength and numbers of the sides.
The game was split into four quarters of 20 minutes with substitutes rolling on and off frequently, but the match was still a competitive affair as players got to compete against their usual team-mates.
Phil Birks, who captained the Chairman’s team, was first to score after just five minutes and followed the rule of whoever scores must convert their own try, to which Birks was successful.
Dom Evans extended the Chairman’s lead after being the first to gather a kicked through ball. It was 12-0 after the first quarter and remained that way until half time.
Elliott Evans followed his brother and was next to score, but for the opposite team, and after a break by Frazer Jackson was offloaded to Jamie Harland the President’s team had taken the lead with both tries being successfully converted.
Tom Goddard, one of the university students playing back home on his Christmas break, scored for the Chairman’s team before the third quarter was up to put them back into the lead at 17-12.
Alcester’s top try scorer of the season, Jack Green, did not let the friendly nature of the game stop him from showing off his scoring ability.
With stomachs full of food and alcohol from the Christmas period now taking their toll on the effort and energy of the players, Green was able to run around the whole of his opposition with ease and win the game for the President’s team.