22nd Feb, 2019

Kingfishers aim to put the brakes on Greyhound as bottom two clash

REDDITCH Rugby Club will bid to build on the positives from last weekend as they head to Greyhound on Saturday in a battle between the bottom two in the Midlands Four West South.

The Kingfishers let slip a seven-point lead to suffer a frustrating 18-17 defeat to visitors Coventrians last weekend and remain at the foot of the table.

But their gutsy display will leave them in good heart for the trip to second-bottom Greyhound, who lie six points ahead of Redditch.

Redditch quickly gained the initiative against Coventrians and opened the scoring. Influential fly-half James Widdop created the score and his pass sent Mark Green charging over to score, Widdop added the conversion.

The advantage didn’t last long as Coventrians No.8, who was a real danger throughout, forced his way past several flailing arms to score a converted try.

Redditch conceded a penalty to go 10-7 behind but then had a try ruled out when Phil Harding was judged to have put his foot into touch while in the act of scoring.

The arrival of Josh Kearney enabled Redditch to restore their lead, Kearney scoring with his first touch of the ball after cutting a decisive line to score but crucially the conversion failed.

A third Redditch try soon followed when Widdop produced a driving run before offloading to Nathan Marthews and he fed Dave Ingram to finish off the move to open a 17-10 lead.

Redditch sensed only their second league win of the season, but Coventrians quickly cut the deficit. Though the hosts survived a five-metre scrum and the threat of a pushover try, Coventrians still managed to produce quick ball for their blindside winger to score.

Coventrians clinched victory with a 40-metre penalty which was kicked into the wind to leave Redditch with the scant consolation of a losing bonus point when they needed more.

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