Redditch 48 Coventrians 3
Midlands Four West (South)
THERE was plenty of good rugby on display on Saturday as the Kingfishers put in a good performance to dispose of Coventrians, who sit in the relegation zone.
The inter-play between forwards and backs was an improvement on recent weeks, which led to numerous phases of play and opportunities to get in behind the visitors’ defence.
Dave Ingram made his return to the Redditch ranks and scored the first try down the right flank after some early pressure. Indeed, his commitment around the park helped in defence and attack and he was named man of the match for his efforts.
A mistake in a Coventrians attack led to the second score as an over-ambitious pass hit the ground and was hacked through and Edwin Grey picked up the bobbling ball and fed Jack Fairhurst inside for a 60m sprint ending between the posts.
Ben Stanyard continued his rich vein of form with a hat-trick of tries either side of half time to seal a bonus point for the Kingfishers and, despite a few problems in the lineout and at the back of the scrum, Redditch continued to play some excellent rugby in the loose.
This led to gaps appearing around the rucks and Stanyard is making a habit of sniping through a gap and getting on the scoresheet.
Redditch’s performance levels did not dip in the second period and they continued to press for points.
Both wingers Oliver Stokes and Grey got a score apiece down the right wing and Gareth Davies finished proceedings by reacting quickest to be on hand following a quick tap penalty.
Redditch have cemented themselves in mid-table and, after a poor start to the season, now somehow find themselves only eight points behind second placed Evesham.
They travel to Coventry Welsh on Saturday in the search of more points.