24th Feb, 2020

Alcester test their mettle against higher opposition

Liam Moakes 13th Feb, 2018

Alcester 3 Camp Hill 2nds 17

ALCESTER enjoyed a challenging workout against opposition from two leagues above in a friendly on Saturday.

Despite the result, the Kings Coughton side will be encouraged by their efforts ahead of Saturday’s key Midlands Three West (South) encounter at Old Coventrians.

Fifth placed Alcester go into the match a place and two points below their hosts, who are three points adrift of second placed Shipston.

Alcester took the lead on Saturday and remained ahead at half time courtesy of a successful penalty kick from Mat Ashby.

Fly half Josh O’Connor was also at the centre of most of what was good about the home team.

However, that was to be the Red & Blacks’ only points of the game. Despite the hosts having the upper hand at both the scrum and in the lineouts at the start of the second half, Camp Hill posed the greatest threat out wide which eventually led to their first points.

The visitors took advantage of the slope in the second half and the confidence that came with their first try spurred them over the line twice more.

In difficult conditions Alcester gave first team debuts to a number of players, including winger Nick Williams who posed a threat to the opposition throughout and Luke Jones who impressed both at wing and scrum half.

Captain Jack Horton was named Alcester ,an of the match as a result of his outstanding participation in the set piece and leading from the front.

Alcester 2nds are also in action on Saturday when they host Redditch in a friendly.

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