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28th Jan, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Alcester begin year with fifth straight win against Bromyard

ALCESTER RFC came from behind to claim an impressive 22-18 win away at Bromyard to begin the new year with their fifth successive victory.

 

Lewis Walker crossed for two tries with captain Max Biltcliffe and James Hibbard also touching down.

 

The result means Alcester sit third in the Midlands 3 West (South) table, 10 points behind the division’s two leading sides.

 

Bromyard took the lead with a penalty kick on 25 minutes after both teams had a man sent to sin bin following an altercation on the ground.

 

And despite suffering an early blood injury, Biltcliffe was at the bottom of a pile of bodies to score the game’s first try with Ed Gough kicking the extras after Matt Johnson had claimed the ball at a lineout close to the Bromyard line.

 

However, the home side responded almost immediately with a converted try of their own after a quickly taken penalty caught the Alcester defence off guard.

 

Bromyard camped on the Alcester line for the remainder of the half and kicked one further penalty to leave the visitors trailing 13-7 at the interval.

 

And things got worse for Alcester after the restart when several missed tackles allowed Bromyard to score their second try with the conversion missed from directly in front of the posts.

 

Less than five minutes later, Hibbard scored a crucial try for Alcester despite the conversion being missed in wet and greasy conditions.

 

The away side reduced the deficit to a single point when Walker touched down in the corner after a powerful break from Jack Green with the touchline conversion going narrowly wide.

 

Alcester missed the chance to take the lead when a high pressure penalty kick went wide of the posts before Walker snatched the points.

 

The wing sprinted away, after the ball had passed through several hands, before finishing in the corner for his second try of the match with just three minutes left to play.

 

Bromyard had several scrums on the Alcester five-metre line before an error allowed Josh O’Connor to kick the ball into touch and make sure of the points.

 

Alcester are next in action at home to Burbage on Saturday, January 15 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Kings Coughton.

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