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By Liam Moakes Monday 29 October 2012 Updated: 01/11 10:59
THERE were plenty of sighs of relief at Bromsgrove Road on Saturday as Redditch celebrated their first Midlands Three West (South) victory of the season.
The 14-3 win over visitors Southam lifted them above both their victims and Ledbury at the foot of the table after six matches.
The result was more comfortable than the scoreline suggests and gives the Kingfishers renewed vigour ahead of tomorrow's trip to Pinley.
In crisp and clear conditions, both teams tried to play some positive rugby with some early breaks by both teams.
The play was fairly even at the breakdown, but the Redditch defence forced Southam into mistakes and gradually back towards their own try line.
Eventually the pressure told and Jack Duffy tapped a quick penalty and powered his way over the line before Lewis Saddington converted to stretch the early lead and build the hosts' confidence.
The visitors struck a penalty shortly afterwards, but Tom Richards increased the Redditch lead further as the defensive pressure paid off again.
Southam tried desperately to clear their lines and spilt the ball on to Richards, who gratefully gathered and cantered over for another converted score.
The second half was a scrappy affair with the set piece becoming a bit of a lottery and most of the game being played in the middle of the park.
Southam rarely broke through the Redditch defensive line, but tackled resolutely as Redditch failed to finish the half chances they created.
Duffy made two outstanding breaks, but Southam managed to scramble back and snuff out the attacks.
Redditch now begin a cluster of games in the next month against teams in the bottom half of the table and will look to add more points to their tally, starting in Coventry tomorrow.
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