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RUGBY UNION - Alcester end winless run with victory at Droitwich

Redditch Editorial 21st Feb, 2024 Updated: 22nd Feb, 2024   0

ALCESTER RFC ended their three-game losing run with a 29-18 bonus point victory at Droitwich despite finishing the game with 14-men.

Scores from Will Silk, Mark Burrell, Oscar Holland and a penalty try earned Alcester the points as Tommy Wright saw red for two yellow cards late on at Hanbury Road.

And the result means Alcester sit seventh in the Counties 1 Midlands West (South) table.

Droitwich took an early lead with a try under the posts which left a simple conversion before Alcester captain Silk crossed and Ed Gough added the extras to level the scores.

And Burrell completed the turnaround for Alcester with the away side’s second try as he chased his own kick to run in uncontested following a favourable bounce with Gough again converting.

Alcester struck again at the start of the second half as Holland marked his return following two years away at university with a crucial try.

However, after the visitors lost Tommy Wright to the sin bin, Droitwich made the most of the man advantage to score their second try.

The away side responded soon after as the referee awarded the visitors a penalty try after a Droitwich player tackled Burrell as he chased a loose ball with the Alcester man likely to score.

Despite losing two players to the sin bin late on, including Wright who saw red after receiving a second yellow card, Alcester held on with Droitwich crossing for a try with the visitors down to 13-men.

Alcester are next in action away at Evesham on Saturday, March 2 with kick-off at 2.15pm at Blind Lane.

Elsewhere, the club’s second XV secured a fifth win from their last six matches with an impressive 40-8 victory against Coventrians.

Alcester took the lead through a try from Josh Ellis which Luke Spencer converted before the visitors converted a penalty for their first points of the game.

Glynn Smith added Alcester’ second try which Spencer also converted, before the move of the game, and some great hands in the backs, saw an offload from James Roberts send Spencer in for the third try which he converted for a 21-3 lead.

Spencer scored Alcester’s fourth a few moments later, and it looked like the floodgates would open for Alcester but the visitors hit back with a try of their own shortly afterwards for the final score of the half and a 26-8 scoreline at the break.

Alcester made substitutes at half time including Alec Aucott and his experience and power was missing from the scrum in the opening stages of the second half which meant Coventrians were on top in the pack.

This stopped any Alcester continuity until the final stages of the game but they resumed their ascendancy with tries from man-of-the-match, Andy McDougall and Luke Clay, which were both converted by Spencer for a perfect afternoon with the boot.

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