Bedworth 7 Alcester 25
Midlands Three West (South)
ALCESTER moved into the top six as they began the new year in winning fashion with a triumph over bottom side Bedworth on Saturday.
It had been three weeks since Alcester’s superb 15-12 win over leaders Rugby St Andrews but the festive break had done little to alter Alcester’s winning ways.
Alcester were never going to be complacent as Bedworth narrowly beat the Kings Coughton side 21-20 earlier in the season – their only victory so far this season.
Ed Gough helped Alcester into an early lead with two successful penalty kicks within the opening 15 minutes.
Jamie Harland added to his growing try tally for the season as he was the first to cross the whitewash and Gough slotted the extras.
Less than five minutes later, Bedworth hit back and got their first points on the board with a try of their own and they too were successful with the conversion.
Alcester increased their lead with a try just before half-time courtesy of scrum half Will Silk and they went into the break 18-7 ahead.
The second half was slow and scrappy as the Christmas break took its toll on both sides as the teams tired through the physicality.
Harland added his second try but Alcester were denied a bonus point try as the referee overruled the touch judge’s decision to deem Lewis Walker in touch before grounding the ball.
Alcester will hope to continue their winning streak when they host top three side Berkswell & Balsall on Saturday.
Alcester 2nds 12 Veseyans 2nds 34
AFTER a late change of opponents when Bedworth cried off, Alcester 2nds fell short against a youthful Veseyans side.
The visitors took charge of the game and after creating an overlap were able to open the scoring out wide and then add the extras.
Oli Clarke then looked like he would be in for Alcester’s first try when he charged down a Veseyans kick. Clarke’s pace would have won him the race to the ball over the whitewash, but the kick hit him square in the face, resulting in a nosebleed which halted his run.
To add insult to injury, when play restarted it was not long before a Veseyans dummy pass fooled the defence to offload to score on the opposite wing.
It was just over 20 minutes before Alcester got any points on the board when Glyn Smith received the ball from a successful lineout and dived over the line.
Alcester went on the attack again but a misjudged crossfield kick was collected by a Veseyans player who ran three-quarters of the pitch to make it 19-5 at half-time.
Veseyans’ youthfulness showed in the second half as Alcester started to tire and become lazy in their tackling.
The opponents scored two early second half tries before Smith crossed again for Alcester.
However, Veseyans were always one step ahead and scored again before the final whistle came.
Alcester 2nds visit Harbury 2nds on Saturday, hoping to increase the gap at the top of Warwickshire League Three.