Redditch 51 Kings Norton 7
North Midlands Vase Plate first round
REDDITCH maintained their improved form with a convincing North Midlands Vase Plate victory over local rivals Kings on Saturday.
The Kingfishers started the stronger side and their early pressure paid dividends when Bryn Williams scored a well worked try which Sam Gladwin converted.
Redditch kept the pressure on with more good work between the forwards and backs which allowed Ash Mooney to get on the scoresheet after some strong running.
Gladwin also showed his pace to grab a try for himself as well as another conversion.
Redditch were in complete control of the game as Williams scored again after great work from the Redditch backs before Gladwin was again successful with the boot.
The hosts continued with their great rugby and a penalty was knocked over by the reliable Gladwin to put them 31-0 up at half time.
The second half began well for Redditch whose powerful scrummaging and good forward play saw them dominate the Kings forwards, allowing the Redditch back line to score again as Williams completed his hat-trick to which Gladwin again did the honours.
A penalty try was then awarded to Redditch after foul play from the Kings Norton full back but this time Mark Green missed the conversion.
Towards the end of the match Redditch started to get a bit clumsy and two yellow cards were shown, reducing the Kingfishers to 13 men, during which time the visitors were finally able to score through their winger in the dying moments.
This was a very convincing win for a united Redditch squad, who return to Midlands Four West (South) action at Stoke Old Boys on November 26.
Kings host Alcester on Saturday.