Kenilworth remain in second with bonus point win at Southam
Kenilworth continued their Midlands 2 West (South) league campaign on Saturday by securing a 30-6 victory away to Southam, writes Sophie Freestone.
The Glasshouse Lane side scored four tries to secure the bonus point, ensuring that they remain second in the table behind leaders Kidderminster.
The first half was a close contest, with Ollie Sharples crossing for Kenilworth's first try after 15 minutes. Quick hands from Kenilworth inside the Southam 22 put Sharples into space on the right and the winger crossed for his side's first of the afternoon. Alex Selby added the extras from the tee.
Two further penalties from Selby then extended Kenilworth's lead to 11 points mid-way through the first half before Southam opened their account with a penalty of their own after 25 minutes.
With half time looming, Southam found themselves in the Kenilworth 22 and the visitors were rewarded for their efforts with a second penalty just before the break to close the gap to five points at the break.
The windy conditions meant that it was a difficult afternoon for kicking, with both sides struggling to gain field position with the boot. Handling errors also cost both sides during the match, but good hands from Ed Hannam saw Kenilworth extend their lead.
After a sustained period in the Southam 22, in which Kenilworth went close to scoring on a couple of occasions, the visitors spread the ball wide to Hannam who sold a dummy to beat the defence and score. The missed conversion meant Kenilworth held a 16-6 lead with 25 minutes to play.
The following 15 minutes saw both sides try and add more points to the board, but it was Kenilworth who eventually did so with 70 minutes played after the visitors were awarded a penalty.
Selby opted for the corner with a superb kick from the centre of the park on an increasingly windy afternoon. Following a clean take at the line out, some powerful drives from the forwards edged the visitors closer to the Southam line allowing number eight Nick Gerber to go over. The conversion from Selby gave Kenilworth a commanding 23-6 advantage as the match entered the final 10 minutes.
Having scored three tries, Kenilworth were searching for that crucial fourth try to secure the bonus point and it was Josh Fox who ensured the visitors left Southam with all five points. The hosts opted for a quick throw-in but Fox read one of the subsequent passes to intercept and run the ball in from the 22. Selby's conversion took Kenilworth up to 30 points with eight minutes remaining, with the visitors going on to secure a 30-6 victory.
Kenilworth are next in action on Saturday (10th November) as they travel to Stafford for the third round of the Intermediate Cup.
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