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Kenilworth Women seal pre season victory

KENILWORTH 53  BUCKINGHAM SWANS 5

Kenilworth Women hosted their league rivals Buckingham Swans at Glasshouse Lane on Sunday in the second of two promising preseason performances, finishing off their summer programme with an inspired 53-5 win against last season’s table-toppers, writes Cath Lyon.

Having finished the 2018/19 season joint top of the Midlands Championship 2 table, the Swans were set to be a challenge for the Women, who were defeated 41-24 by Barnsley in their first warm-up match.

Despite this, 25-player strong Kenilworth quickly put some points on the board with well-worked tries finished by their fantastic back-line talent, including newly capped centres Kiri Bennett and Emma Dootson.

Strength in the scrum and some canny play-making also saw the side’s wingers Phoebe May Howles and Holly Glover over the line, before newbie Sarah Holloway got in on the action with a streaking run that put the home team up 29 points to zero at half time.

Although the newly-worked defence system held strong for the Women, Swans came back shortly after the break to score their first and only try of the game, before a sterling response saw pack members Christie and Rebecca Lewis help take the team to a final score of 53-5.

Captain Rebecca Hill said that although the win provides confidence ahead f the season, there is still plenty for the side to work on: “With several new players and a new coaching team joining us this year, it’s great to see these combinations working and earning us a fantastic win.

“The hard work doesn’t stop there though, this League is highly competitive and we’ve got much more to learn and give, as players and as a whole. It promises to be a very exciting season for us all.”

Kenilworth Women host their first league match on 8th September against West Bridgford at Glasshouse Lane. KO is at 2:30pm.


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