Rugby union
Redditch are off the mark

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.

Popular »

1 Calls for swimming lesson cost reduction after teen's death

2 Damaged powerlines leaves passengers stranded

3 Social club break-ins could be linked

4 Attempt to force finance chief out

5 Victims to choose criminals' punishment

More sport »

Rugby union: Valiant Kings are beaten by high-flyers

FOR the second consecutive Saturday Kings Norton's powerful

Motorcycling: Come and enjoy the thrills and spills

THE ANNUAL running of the Terry Cup Christmas

Bowls: Alcester BC celebrate their finest ever season

ALCESTER Bowling Club held their annual presentation evening

Football: Gritty Reds hold on for victory

A RESILIENT display earned Redditch United a second

Regional sport »


Bromsgrove Standard
Bromsgrove fall short in nine-try thriller

BROMSGROVE finished on the wrong side of a nine-try thriller ...

Worcester Observer

Visit the Worcester Observer website for the latest.

Stratford Observer
Boxers turn on the style

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON & District Boxing Academy continued their run of great ...

Evesham Observer
Gearey secures place in national biathlon final

PERSHORE Swimming Club ace William Gearey produced a commanding performance ...