Coventry Welsh 17 Redditch 13
Midlands Four West (South)
REDDITCH slipped up on their travels to Coventry in a frustrating encounter on Saturday which resulted in a solitary bonus point.
There were numerous changes from the previous week and a touch more cohesion might have been enough to come away with victory, but it was not to be for the Kingfishers.
Redditch started brightly down the slope as winger James Roberts made an impressive debut with some strong running and tackling, but the hosts struck first though as their own pacy winger cut infield and had the legs to go over between the posts.
Redditch hit back immediately, but at the cost of their scrum half Ben Stanyard. He poached a ball from the back of a scrum and had enough pace and power to make it to the try line, but unfortunately injured himself under the pile of players trying to stop him.
The Kingfishers had the momentum and plenty of clean ball fed wave after wave of attack, leading to Lewis Saddington finding enough space out wide to score a second try.
A penalty from Josh Holt gave Redditch a six-point lead going into the break.
Immediately after the break the home team struck back by hacking through and finding themselves with a five-metre scrum. The ball was fed into midfield and the Redditch defence thought they had done enough to hold up the attacking player between the posts, but the referee decided otherwise and Coventry Welsh were back in the lead following the successful conversion.
They extended their lead to four points shortly afterwards and it was to be the final score of the contest.
Redditch pressed hard and committed running from the pack made gains at times, but ultimately they struggled to find the killer pass to breach a dogged defence.
The game finished with both teams evenly matched and the feeling that with another 100 minutes to play the result would still have been the same.
Fifth placed Redditch have now played each team in the division once, winning five of the ten matches, and they host Five Ways Old Edwardians on Saturday looking for a victory before the Christmas break.