26th Sep, 2020

More disappointment for jaded Alcester

Redditch Editorial 3rd Feb, 2020

Alcester 0 Coventry Welsh 22

Midlands Three West (South)

ALCESTER were unable to return to winning ways as they suffered a Saturday to forget at Kings Coughton – failing to score any points in falling to a third consecutive defeat on a very blustery afternoon.

Alcester started the game by dominating possession and territory but had little penetration to their attack. The windy conditions and a strong Coventry defence kept Alcester out despite several scrums near the opposition’s line.

The hosts’ Ed Gough had the opportunity to put his side in front but his long-range penalty failed to sail through the uprights.

Things got worse for Alcester as a careless pass was intercepted by the Cov Welsh scrum half before offloading to his fly half team-mate to race over the line from 50 metres out, but the conversion was missed.

The half-time score of 5-0 could be interpreted that Alcester were still in the game, but the downward spiral continued after the break.

Another misjudged pass saw another interception try for Cov Welsh as they extended their lead.

Less than five minutes later the opposition were over the whitewash again and it began to look like Alcester were staring at a heavy defeat. To add insult to injury, the home side were forced down to 14 men after Mat Ashby was yellow-carded for persistent offside offences.

The opposition capitalised on their extra man and scored their best try of the afternoon with a well-worked team effort which fed the right winger to score in the corner.

With Ashby bringing his side back to full strength, Cov Welsh hooker Ant Collins sent his side a man down for an offside sin-binning.

Alcester enjoyed their best period of the half with lots of possession, but created no real chances and, despite two further yellow cards for Cov Welsh in the closing stages of the game, Alcester had to settle for being second best.

They look to improve on their performance on Saturday when they make the trip to Stoke Old Boys.

Coventry Saracens 5 Alcester 2nds 101

ALCESTER 2nds enjoyed a scoreline at the complete opposite end of the spectrum to their first team counterparts.

Alcester ran in 15 tries at Bredon Avenue as Dave Ashby led the way with five tries and Sid Tunstall was not far behind as he crossed the whitewash four times.

Scott Carmichael secured a hat-trick and Rupert Daffern, Chris Howell and Angus Davis added to the tally.

Howell had a successful afternoon on the tee, kicking 12 conversions, and it was Paul Taylor who kicked the final conversion which saw Alcester over the century of points.

The 2nds welcome Birmingham Medics to the club on Saturday for their annual friendly fixture.


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