Alcester 50 Dunlop 26
Midlands Three West (South)
ALCESTER climbed into fifth place as they leapfrogged Saturday’s visitors from Coventry with an impressive bonus point victory.
This was an admirable response from the Kings Coughton outfit on the back of the previous weekend’s disappointing defeat to lowly Bromyard and leaves Alcester eight points off second place with nine matches remaining.
Incredibly though, in such a high-scoring game, it took 20 minutes before the first points were put on the board.
Three brothers led Alcester’s charge to victory as Jack and George Green and Josh O’Connor scored five of their team’s seven tries between them.
Jack Green completed a hat-trick of tries to add to his impressive season tally, propelling him further ahead as the side’s top try-scorer.
O’Connor, who came on as a first half substitute, picked up the man of the match award despite playing out of position on the wing.
An early injury to winger Alex Chiles added to Alcester’s lengthy casualty list but it did not disrupt the team as centre Jamie Harland also scored twice and fly half Max Biltcliffe kicked a penalty and four successful conversions.
Although injuries seem to be a recurring theme in the Alcester team at the moment, Ben Hope did return following a lengthy lay-off and played impressively in his first game back.
Fellow forwards Sam Lear and Lee Avery-Sherwood are also hoping to be back to full fitness to bolster the squad having both missed most of the season so far.
Alcester return to action at Ledbury, who are currently sixth, on January 27.
ALCESTER 2nds also racked up a half century of points as they defeated Atherstone 2nds 59-0.
Rich Harrison started the scoring for Alcester, opening the gate for a flurry of tries to follow, with three coming in the next ten minutes.
Alec Aucott and two tries from Jamie Miller meant Alcester were already the likely winners of this match after just a quarter of it played.
Three more tries came before half time courtesy of two from Stephen Mason and one for Chris Howell. Veteran Paul Taylor kicked two conversions to put Alcester 39-0 up at the break.
Alcester continued their domination into the second half and Tom Golder and Luke Jones scored before Mason completed his hat-trick and Elliott Evans completed the scoring.
Alcester 2nds host Coventrians 2nds this weekend.