KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Kenilworth Women made it two from two on Sunday, securing a 29-17 win away to Bletchley Ladies in a dramatic match at Manor Field, writes Cath Lyon.
Despite feeling the heat with 25C temperatures and a pitch change due to opposition injury, Kenilworth Women held firm in their defence and scorched the turf with some rapid backline run-ins to score five tries on the way to victory.
Kenilworth started out well against last year’s league winners with a swift try two minutes in from young winger Holly Glover, closely followed by two well-worked scores from Bletchley.
The visitors responded immediately however, with centre Kiri Bennett making the most of a quick tap penalty to score her side's second of the match, with a third added shortly after from Phoebe Howles. Centre Ffion Davies-Cale’s perfectly weighted cross-field kick found winger Howles who outpaced the Bletchley defence to put the visitors 17-10 up at the break.
Shortly after the restart, Bletchley added their third try of the afternoon but an injury to the try scorer in the process of touching down meant the match was moved to a neighbouring pitch. The conversion was then successful on the new pitch as Bletchley levelled the scores in a strong start to the second half for the hosts.
Once restarted, Kenilworth showed that they weren't distracted by the delay however, racking up their only tries of the second half starting with a second for Howles. This was then followed by a great run-in from full back Felicity Baldwin, with Davies-Cale adding the extras from the tee to secure the 29-17 victory.
Speaking after his side's victory, Kenilworth Women's head coach, Rich Bennett, commented: “We showed a lot of character today as a group.
"When we were 17-all it was nip and tuck but despite being under the cosh we defended well and scored some lovely tries in the second half.
“We’ll keep training through our work-ons this week but it’s very exciting that this group want to take their progress forward.”