Birmingham Civil Service 13 Redditch 16
Midlands Four West (South)
REDDITCH moved off the foot of the table with a crucial victory at fellow relegation battlers Birmingham Civil Service on Saturday.
In difficult conditions, the Kingfishers showed admirable team spirit to come from behind and see off their Solihull hosts.
Both sides created chances in an entertaining opening quarter but the killer pass eluded both teams until the hosts finally made one stick and scored a converted try in the corner.
The Redditch forwards began to get on top as Jamie Holloway and Mark Green made breaks but with no reward.
However, Sam Gladwin kicked two penalties to bring the Kingfishers within a point of their hosts, who led 10-6 at half time after a penalty of their own.
The visitors regained the ascendancy in the second half through their forwards, which resulted in the back line letting loose and Holloway went over for a try converted by Gladwin.
The match became extra physical as Gladwin was yellow-carded and a Civil Service player sent off before the home side made it 13-13 with a penalty.
However, Gladwin returned to the fray and within a few minutes slotted over the winning penalty.
Player/coach Simon Fitzpatrick was man of the match for his good forward work for Redditch, who conclude 2017 with the visit of second placed Burbage on Saturday.