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Kenilworth Rugby Club

Kenilworth win again at Ludlow, after trailing early on, to retain top spot.

LUDLOW 20  KENILWORTH 24

Kenilworth came back from an early 13-0 deficit to gain a bonus point win at Ludlow on a pitch that was under water less than a week ago. This was Kenilworth’s seventh consecutive win and maintains a one point advantage over Dudley Kingswinford and five points over Lichfield, both with, crucially, a game in hand. Rather disappointing the big away crowd that had appeared at Kidderminster a few weeks back failed to materialise and it was only a small handful of Kenilworth supporters who welcomed the team onto the soft Ludlow pitch.

There was an early shock for the visitors as they lost a converted try, with only seven minutes on the clock. Things got worse when some slack play conceded a penalty and despite being far out it was converted by Ludlow for a 0-10 score-line. Even more concern was to follow when further sloppy play resulted in another Ludlow penalty which was again converted and a 0-13 score-line for the hosts. Things were not looking good for the league leaders but they rallied well and Mikkel Andresen made one of his trademark breaks to cross for a try. It was not converted but Kenilworth were back in the game at 5-13, a score maintained to half time.

Coach Dave Ellis had a few choice words to say at the half time break with the leadership of Midlands 1 west on the line and Kenilworth re-appeared for the second half with all guns blazing.  Early on a superb backs move resulted in a try in the corner from winger Nyle Beckett and this was well converted by Jayde Alexander and the score was now a manageable 12-13. Kenilworth now threw everything at Ludlow and deservedly took the lead when Nick Gerber crossed for an unconverted try and, crucially, a 17-13 score-line in the favour of the league leaders. With their tails now up Kenilworth sought out the bonus point try and it eventually came when captain Bobby Thompson touched down from a 5m scrum, converted by Jayde Alexander for a pleasing 24-13 score-line going into the latter stages of the game. However Ludlow were not finished and a converted try brought them back to 24-20 deep in the game. However careful game management saw Kenilworth see out the game and a 24-20 bonus point win to maintain their lead at the top of Midlands 1 west.

There is no game this Saturday (14th March) as other teams (including Dudley K at Ludlow)  play catch up and Kenilworth are next up on the 21st March with a crucial home game against Newbold, 3 pm kick off.

Willie Whitesmith


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