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RUGBY UNION - Redditch hammer Five Ways Old Edwardians in 10-try rout

Aaron Sutcliffe 18th Oct, 2021 Updated: 19th Oct, 2021

LEO Fanthome scored a hat-trick of tries as Redditch romped to a 64-5 win away at Five Ways Old Edwardians in Hopwood.

 

Fanthome dotted down for Redditch’s third and fifth tries of the match before completing his treble with the final score of the match.

 

Redditch crossed the line 10 times in total with Owen Binns and Matt Allen scoring two tries apiece alongside efforts from Sid Allen, Clarke Parker and Cal Razzak.

 

Five Ways conceded the fixture – after no referee was present to adjudicate the match – which means Redditch take five points despite the scoreline officially being recorded as nil-nil.

 

Despite the hefty scoreline, Five Ways dominated the opening 10 minutes before James Mills’ deep kick was picked up by Stuart Brookes and fed to Binns who ran from halfway to score the game’s first try.

 

Redditch stretched their lead further when Allen and Mikey Essex drove with the ball which allowed Mills the room to chip towards the corner for Binns who grabbed his second try of the match.

 

The visitors were dominant in the scrum and made their superiority count when Connor Morris made good ground before passing to Fanthome who crossed for his first try.

 

The trick was repeated on the opposite wing when more solid work from the forwards created space for Allen to score his first try for the first-team.

 

Fanthome then weaved his way to the line from 60 metres out, beating several defenders, only to lose possession in the Old Edwardians in goal area.

 

Minutes later however, Fanthome finished off some excellent work between Austin Lewis and Brookes to score Redditch’s fifth try of the half.

 

Five Ways responded with their first try of the match as their forwards drove to the line before crashing over from close range which sent Redditch into the break with a 29-5 lead.

 

More good work at the scrum helped Redditch on their way to a sixth try in the second period when Lewis broke the line before feeding Parker who ran in from inside his own half.

 

Some combination play from Jack Bacciocchi and Richie Beddard then set up Cal Razzak for Redditch’s seventh score before captain Allen scored a stunning individual try.

 

The Redditch skipper ran out of his own 22 before producing a speculative kick and was rewarded with a fortunate bounce which he gathered spectacularly with one hand before sprinting to the line.

 

He added his second try of the afternoon from a tap penalty move before Fanthome completed the scoring with Redditch’s last three tries all converted by Binns.

 

Redditch are next in action at home to Greyhound on Saturday, October 23.

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