AFTER winning Worcestershire & Herefordshire Merit Table Division Three last season, the Redditch Development squad have found the going tough this season.
Without a win to their name, they may have feared the worse heading to Malvern on Saturday, but they need not have worried as they secured a superb 54-26 victory.
Redditch, whose team featured a mixture of youth and experience, won the toss and elected to play with the wind at their backs in the first half.
The visitors began brightly and excellent combination work from forwards and backs led to a lineout five metres from the Malvern line, which saw Pete Hunt cross from a driving maul, although the conversion was missed.
Malvern responded with some fluid out of the tackle offloads which led them to score twice and make the score 12-5.
However, Redditch rallied with some great backs play by centres Will Ballion and Percival which enabled the pair and Harvey Habgood to score tries before the break and give the visitors a 34-12 half time lead.
Knowing they were against the wind and hill in the second half, Redditch knew the game plan was to keep the ball in hand.
They did just this and Ballion again was the man to get the ball rolling with an outstanding individual try as he picked the ball up in his own 22 before seemingly side-stepping most of the Malvern side on his way to the try-line.
From then on the Kingfishers’ forwards took command and Ballion, Craig Martin (2), Mike Adams and Habgood all crossed the whitewash to secure an impressive win.
Ballion was majestic but man of the match went to Adams for his ball carrying and defensive play.
The Redditch first team return to Midlands Four West (South) action on Saturday (3pm) at Pershore.