KENILWORTH RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB
Kenilworth Ladies secured their first league victory of the season on Sunday with a 38-12 win against Old Leamingtonians in the first local derby between the two sides, writes Aisling Straver.
Full back Felicity Baldwin scored a hat trick with Beth Woodward, Maddie Rendell and Rebecca Hill also crossing and Rebecca Lewis adding four conversions.
In front of a home crowd at Glasshouse Lane, it was Kenilworth who opened the scoring. Centre Woodward broke through the Old Leamingtonians’ defence to touch down for her side’s first of the afternoon. Rebecca Lewis added the extras from the tee for a 7-0 lead.
Kenilworth then extended their advantage as Baldwin opened her account after 35 minutes when an overlap was created on the left with the missed conversion keeping the score at 12-0. Kenilworth then went down to 14 players thanks to a yellow card but Old Leamingtonians couldn’t make the most of the extra player before the break and the hosts held on to their 12-point lead.
With the second half underway, the one-player deficit didn’t seem to phase Kenilworth with the visitors extending their lead straight from the kick off. Baldwin was on hand to score her second with Lewis slotting the conversion for a 19-0 lead.
Old Leamingtonians then cut the gap to 12 points with Sam Smyth crossing the whitewash for a converted try to open her side’s account after 60 minutes of play.
The hosts responded well, however, with a superb try from Maddie Rendell just four minutes later. Rendell broke through the visitors’ defence from outside the 22 to touch down under the posts. Lewis’ conversion gave Kenilworth a 26-7 advantage.
Kenilworth then extended that lead thanks to a well-worked team try that was finished off by captain Rebecca Hill. That try gave the hosts a 31-7 lead before Old Leamingtonians put some good phases together to head back into Kenilworth territory. The visitors subsequently added a second through Kyra Gleeson who took her side’s total up to 12 points.
As the match entered the closing stages, Kenilworth were awarded an attacking scrum five metres from the Old Leamingtonians line. The hosts’ powerful pack gave scrum half Hill quick ball and quick hands then took the ball down the back line. An overlap was created, releasing Baldwin into space to touch down for her hat trick. The conversion was successful from Lewis and the final whistle blew with Kenilworth securing a much-needed 38-12 victory.
The Ladies now have a well-earned break this weekend but will be back in action on Sunday 18th November with a trip to Birmingham Moseley.