Alcester 32 Droitwich 3rds 17
ALCESTER continued their tradition of looking to fill their last playable weekends with friendly fixtures with an entertaining victory over Droitwich’s third string.
Before pitches get too hard, the Kings Coughton men are always keen to keep playing and a mixed Alcester team managed to secure victory in hot temperatures despite their opposition looking strong.
The home side started well and dominated the opening play of the game but were unlucky to see Glyn Smith’s try disallowed within the first few minutes.
However, moments later Jamie Clarke restored rights and gave the Red & Blacks the try they were looking for and captain Phillip Birks scored next to double his side’s lead.
On his first appearance this season, Lee Avery-Sherwood was forced to leave the pitch after 20 minutes as the heat and physical strain took its toll. He was replaced by Will Silk but Avery-Sherwood made a reappearance on the pitch in the second half and showed Kings Coughton what it was missing in his absence.
Second row Matt Johnson added Alcester’s third try before the visitors scored their first on the stroke of half-time and kicked the first successful conversion of the game to make it 15-7 at the break.
It was almost 20 minutes into the second half before another score as both sides demonstrated good attacking play.
However, it was Alcester who crossed the whitewash again, this time courtesy of winger Lewis Walker who scored a great individual try by beating the last defender to score between the posts.
Five minutes later Droitwich proved they were not out of the game by scoring their second try.
Not to be outdone, Alcester were over the line again when Clarke also demonstrated individual strength and pace in running almost half the length of the field to score his second try.
The visitors continued to press and were rewarded with their third and final try of the game but it was not enough as Walker concluded the try-scoring for the day.
Alcester will relish another friendly fixture this weekend as Evesham bring a side to play at Kings Coughton.