Stoke Old Boys 43 Alcester 24
Midlands Three West (South)
DEFLATED Alcester were not at the races as their Coventry hosts gained revenge for a thumping defeat at Kings Coughton in November.
Stoke scored five first half tries and appeared to have already sealed the game by the halfway mark as they entered the break with a 31-5 lead.
Alcester were poor in defence and missed crucial tackles which allowed the home side to gain their advances. However, Alcester felt slightly hard done by as two of the tries appeared to have been dropped over the whitewash but were allowed to stand by the referee.
The visitors’ only points of the first half came through winger Lewis Walker after some good handling and possession by his side.
Vice-captain Jack Green epitomised his side’s growing frustration and received a yellow card for killing the ball.
The second half looked to be proceeding the same way as the first 40 minutes as Stoke scored their sixth try of the match early on.
However, the opposition’s number eight received ten minutes in the bin for killing the ball and this gave Alcester the incentive they needed.
Walker added his second try of the match before Ed Gough intercepted a loose pass and added another try less than ten minutes later.
Green made up for his sanction in the first half by securing his side’s fourth try and a bonus point.
However, Stoke Old Boys had the final say with one last try.
Alcester host bottom of the table Upton-on-Severn on Saturday, whilst the 2nd XV travel to Atherstone 2s.