Alcester 3 Old Leamingtonians 33
Midlands Three West (South)
ALCESTER’S commitment could not be faulted on Saturday but table-topping Old Leamingtonians were more clinical at both ends of the pitch as they secured a comfortable victory.
The visitors produced a polished performance but there were some positives for Alcester despite this being a third successive league defeat.
Both teams started well and demonstrated a high quality of rugby throughout the afternoon.
Alcester were immediately put under pressure from the Old Leams pack and were forced back to defend their line, but the home side held out.
The Red & Blacks took the lead 15 minutes into the game through a simple penalty kick from Max Biltcliffe right in line with the posts.
However, these were to be Alcester’s only points of the game before the visitors executed their well-rehearsed moves and scored two similar tries out wide on the wing to lead 14-3 at half-time.
Both teams did not come without their faults as Alcester struggled to successfully complete some of their set plays – losing several of their own lineouts – whilst Old Leams struggled with some simple handling errors, without which they could have extended their advantage.
However, the Leamington team were quickest to capitalise on their opponents’ weaknesses and spotted the gaps in the home defence to go on and score three more second half tries.
Alcester did come close to scoring after five minutes of sustained pressure near their opponents’ line, but one lapse in concentration saw the ball return to Old Leams hands and make its way up the opposite end of the pitch for them to score.
With three teams being relegated from the division this season, Alcester already know the importance of securing a third win of the campaign when they visit Old Yardleians on Saturday.
<b>Claverdon 2nds 17 Alcester 2nds 41
AFTER a poor start to the season, things are looking up for Alcester 2nds who recorded a third successive league win of the campaign at Claverdon.
It was Claverdon who took the lead through a try inside the first ten minutes but 15 minutes later Antony Cauvin scored his first try of the match and a successful conversion from Sean Sudworth brought Alcester level.
However, the Lions were 12-10 up at the break after another try, answered by a penalty kick from Alcester.
Veteran Scott Carmichael, who has been playing consistently well for the second team, scored an early second half try to put the Red & Blacks in front – a lead which they would not lose.
Cauvin scored his second try and the extra points were added by a change of kicker – Luke Spencer.
Claverdon scored their last try of the match before Spencer then crossed the whitewash himself twice within two minutes.
Shortly afterwards, Dave Ashby scored for Alcester – making it three tries in five minutes for the visitors.
It was a triumphant win for the second team who hope to continue their form of late in their next match at home against Old Yardleians.