KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Eight players made their Kenilworth Women's debut at the weekend in a defeat to Barnsley Ladies at Glasshouse Lane and despite the result, the performance signalled the start of a promising season for the side, writes Cath Lyon.
It was the first of two pre-season friendlies for Kenilworth Women, who are about to enter their second year in the Midlands Championship Two League, with the Glasshouse Lane side renewing their rivalry with Barnsley, a side they faced on their way to last year's Intermediate Cup final.
Having narrowly beaten the Championship One side in that Intermediate Cup quarter final last year, the Women went into the first 40 minutes certain of a challenging game.
Although Barnsley gained an early place on the scoreboard, the Women held them at close quarters in the first half with a well-worked try from number eight Caroline Spence and two brilliant individual tries from star centre Sophie Henry, cleanly converted by new starter Emma Dootson.
The debutant centre also ran in a far corner try in the 70th minute to seal a cracking preseason performance, although the visitors’ solid forward pack gave them the hard yards and the victory, with a final score of 41-24.
In her post-match speech, Captain Becky Hill said: “Many thanks to Barnsley Ladies who gave us a fantastic game. We’ve got loads to work and build on, but it’s brilliant to see so many new faces out on the pitch. We’re looking forward to growing and progressing much further this season.”
Kenilworth Women next play league rivals Buckingham Swans on Sunday 1st September at Glasshouse Lane.