Kings Norton 0 Harbury 26
Midlands Four West (South)
KINGS began the second half of the season with another spirited performance on Saturday but their efforts went without reward.
Although the outcome was the same, the match between the sides in September had been a loose affair in which the home side enjoyed a good first half spell and raced into a five-try lead.
In that encounter, Kings’ 13 men rallied in the second period to earn a four-try bonus point as they were beaten 49-29.
This time around, Kings were unable to register on the scoreboard but the match felt closer.
The Kings Norton forwards dominated the early encounters but their visitors repelled their efforts and broke away for scores.
The opening score arrived on 15 minutes when Harbury’s lively scrum half created the initial break and fed the strong inside centre who sped away before feeding his unchallenged winger to score a converted try in the left corner.
Kings fought back and forced their visitors to defend their line for long periods but failed to gain any points for their efforts.
Once again Harbury cleared their lines and scored a similar try when their centre broke through for a second converted try.
Then, with two minutes of the first half remaining, Harbury struck again to leave the hosts with a mountain to climb at 21-0 down.
Harbury opened the second period with ten minutes of pressure which forced the home side to defend deeply.
Both teams continued to play with plenty of endeavour, cancelling each out other’s efforts to create the next score.
However, after 70 minutes, the visitors’ superior backs finally put together a good passing spell and scored their fourth try, although the conversion was missed.
Kings now have a break from league action before travelling to bottom placed Keresley on January 21, looking for much-needed points to move upwards towards safety. Kings hope to have some new and returning players available as they look to kick-start their season.
BEFORE that, Kings 2nds host Bournville 3rds in a Merit Table match at Hopwood Park this Saturday (2.15pm). The bar will be open and your support is encouraged for what promises to be a free-flowing encounter.
KINGS NORTON VETERANS host the resurgent Guanos squad, who return to their 1981 roots at Hopwood Park, in a floodlit match at 7.30pm on Wednesday, January 25.
ANOTHER presidents’ pre-match lunch is likely to be arranged before Kings’ home fixture against Pershore on Saturday, February 11 (KO 2.15pm). Then follows the Wales versus England Six Nations match on the big screen at 4.50pm.