Atherstone 10 Alcester 19
Midlands Four West (South)
ALCESTER secured an important away victory in their first outing of the new year on Saturday to complete the double over their north Warwickshire opponents and move up to mid-table in the process.
With regular number eight Phil Birks unavailable due to illness, veteran Nick O’Connor stood in and gave his usual fully committed performance.
Alcester went ahead early on through wing Stuart Whitehead, but the home side hit back with a converted try and a penalty to lead 10-5 on the half-hour mark.
Whitehead doubled his try count with another score which full back Sam Smith converted well from wide out to leave his side 12-10 up at the break.
The home side threw everything at Alcester fair and foul, although this boiled over in the third quarter of the game when firstly their scrum half was yellow-carded before one of their forwards was shown a red card for violent conduct.
With the numerical advantage, Alcester made the game safe with another score for Walker which man of the match Smith also converted.
Alcester host basement boys Birmingham Civil Service in their next league outing on Saturday.
Alcester 2nds 15 Evesham 2nds 58
ALCESTER 2nds lost out to their neighbours and a strong Evesham outfit for the second time this season although, unlike the first occasion, they made their opponents work for their victory despite only playing throughout with 13 men, against the visitors who turned up with 14.
Alcester scored three tries through a brace from prop Kyran Flynn and one from Darren Craig, who was making a welcome return to action after several seasons away from the game.
Evesham had the benefit of the two quickest players on the field and the additional space afforded to them by both sides being short of numbers suited the visitors.
That said, Alcester made the game competitive throughout but this boiled over in the closing stages when Darren Gwillym and an opponent were yellow carded after an altercation.