Facer Sets Pace as Newbold Ease in; RUGBY UNION
Byline: Alan Poole
NEWBOLD-ON?AVON moved up to third spot in the Midlands Two West (South) table with an absorbing 32-27 derby coup against Earlsdon.
Buoyed by an early try from skipper Danny Facer, Newbold gave themselves a 12-point cushion when Danny Treharne capped another forward charge to touch down under the posts and present Glenn Bond with a simple conversion.
Earlsdon responded with an Ed Keen penalty and a converted try from centre Steve Clarke. And although Facer claimed his second try from a clever line-out ploy, Bond converting from a testing angle, Earlsdon slashed the interval deficit to 19-17 as Clarke also doubled up and Keen again did the honours.
The Coventry side nudged in front early in the second half as good forward play set up a converted try for winger James Payne but another line-out assault saw Treharne log his second try and Bond's conversion give the hosts a two-point edge.
With rival props Luke Bayliss and Jason Dean in the sin-bin Earlsdon made the best of the ensuing passive scrums and again nosed ahead with a drop goal.
But excellent defence by Ashton Harris and Phil Reed denied the Coventry men a decisive breakthrough and Bond popped over two penalties to settle the issue.
Old Laurentians head the table with a maximum 15 points after seeing off Kidderminster 33-12 The totted up half-a-dozen tries this time, the pick of them, perhaps, a splendidly cultured finish by lock Ben Anderson.
Rudi Reid, Troy Owen, Glenn Todd, Danny Murch and Lee Hersey also crossed while Jon Bean (2) and Hersey added the conversions on a day when OLs displayed the allround confidence that suggests they can maintain their promotion push.
Kenilworth are hot on their heels after a comprehensive decision against neighbours Leamington who remain stranded at the foot of the table without a point to their name.
There was some confusion about the final scoreline at Glasshouse Lane, the referee insisting it was 47-3 although both sides thought that Kenilworth had only managed to accumulate 42.
Sam Nunn's first-half penalty indisputably supplied the consolation for a Spa side who, by common consent, deserved a more generous ration.
And the Kenilworth statisticians registered try doubles for Harry O'Brien and Andy Whitehall (his first a devastating 50m sprint) plus one apiece from hooker Ross Lothian (a splendidly crafted move) and the outstanding Gareth Renownden with Tom Kendall's boot accounting for whatever remains.
Dunlop grabbed a 22-21 verdict at Bedworth having trailed by ten points at one stage of the first half. After Adi Iliff and Danny James had exchanged penalties, Bedworth surged clear with tries from Cameron Tune, Adam Jardine and John Robert Allison, Craig McGrory crossing for Dunlop before another James penalty trimmed the interval scoreline to 18-11.
The second half was a scrappy affair, but while Bedworth could only manage an Iliff penalty, Dunlop landed two more via James and capitalised on a home yellow card with a pushover try registered by hooker Keith Fletcher. On the debit side, Martin Owen is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a facial injury.
| Nuneaton Old Edwardians slipped to their first defeat of the Midlands Two East campaign, shaded 11-5 at home in a desperately disappointing duel against neighbours Leicester Forest.
The home side nudged in front just before the interval when Alex Cape - a back-row man playing in the centre - burst clear and although he was brought down short, Ashley Kalnins latched on to the loose ball and scored a try he was unable to improve.
In a match of many stoppages and interminable lectures from the referee however, Forest nudged ahead with penalties by Johnny Roux and Mitch Lamb.
And although Eds continued to produce most of what little enterprising play was going, it was Forest who wrapped it up deep into five minutes of overtime as hooker Lewis Moult intercepted on the half way line and galloped through to open Lamb's path to the corner. …