Three from three for Kenilworth after hard fought Silhillians victory
Kenilworth continued their unbeaten start in Midlands 2 West (South) on Saturday with a 24-14 win at Silhillians, their third bonus point victory of the season, writes Sophie Freestone.
The visitors travelled to Warwick Road having won both of their league fixtures so far this campaign and David Ellis' side made it three from three in a tough encounter in Solihull.
It was the hosts that got the scoreboard rolling with the first try of the afternoon. The ball went through the backs before a well-worked centre moved allowed Silhillians to break through the Kenilworth defence to score. The successful conversion gave the hosts a 7-0 lead.
Kenilworth then responded through Ed Hannam who scored the first of his two tries. The ball made its way to Hannam on the left wing and the centre showed good footballing skills to control the ball at his feet. The kick through was perfectly-weighted and the centre pounced on the ball to touch down. The conversion from Josh Emery went wide of the uprights to leave the score at 7-5 to Silhillians.
The visitors then doubled their lead as the half hour mark approached when Gareth Renowden fed the oncoming Alex Selby to break through the defensive line and score under the posts. Emery's conversion added the extras to give Kenilworth a 12-7 lead, a scoreline that remained until the break.
It then took until midway through the second half for more points to be added to the board as both sides applied pressure in search of a crucial score. It was Kenilworth who extended their lead when Renowden went from provider to try scorer, scooping up the loose ball after a five metre line out. The scrum half then spotted a gap in the Silhillians defence and twisted his way over the line for his side's third. Emery's conversion went just shy of the uprights to leave the score at 17-7 with the final quarter still to play.
Silhillians responded just five minutes later however, with a breakaway try on the left. A well-timed flat pass released a player on the wing who raced in from his own 22 to close the gap. The conversion went through the posts to leave Silhillians just three points adrift with just over ten minutes remaining.
The closing minutes of the match proved to be a tense affair with Silhillians pushing hard to secure victory. However, Kenilworth's counter attack proved too strong and Hannam intercepted the ball on the Silhillians 22 and raced in to touch down under the posts deep into injury time. Emery slotted the conversion to bring proceedings to a close as Kenilworth secured another impressive bonus-point victory to stay top of Midlands 2 West (South).
Next up for Kenilworth is the visit of Barkers' Butts to Glasshouse Lane. That match takes place on Saturday with kick off at 3pm.
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