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By Liam Moakes Monday 26 November 2012 Updated: 05/12 19:48
FOR the second consecutive Saturday Kings Norton's powerful forwards came up short as they were beaten 29-5 by visitors Old Leamingtonians.
Defeat was no disgrace on the hosts who were outdone by a side sitting second in Midlands Three West (South) and, alongside the previous weekend's conquerors Old Coventrians, are deservedly favourites for promotion.
Although this game was at home, the severe weather became a massive levelling factor for both sides and no advantage was gained.
From the kick-off Old Leamingtonians applied relentless pressure for some 16 minutes deep into the home side's territory without gaining any score, due entirely to determined defensive work by the whole team.
Eventually Kings broke out and crossed the halfway line for the first time but their valiant efforts were beaten back when the greasy ball was spilled and cleared with a long range clearance.
Old Leams then regained the initiative, only to miss an easy penalty in front of the posts after 20 minutes. Five minutes later the visitors finally took a deserved lead with an unconverted try through their driving forward play.
This was followed ten minutes later with a second try which was well converted despite the difficult windy conditions and OLs led 12-0 at half time.
The second period saw Kings determined to get themselves into this game despite the difficult conditions and they applied themselves to the task with even greater effort.
Their driving forward play saw scrum half Shane Rees go close, only being held up over the line after some good mauling by Kings' pack.
As the pressure on their visitors rose, Rob McGhee then broke loose and drove to the line to score an unstoppable forwards try, but Chris Carlin's effort to add the extras blew narrowly off course in the strong wind.
Kings battled away but found it difficult to find a way through OLs' strong defence and eventually the visitors showed why they had only been beaten once this season as Kings conceded three more tries - one converted.
As the conditions grew considerably worse the referee chose to blow up slightly early to end a well fought match in which the visitors deservedly gained both the win and four-try bonus point.
The fact only three games in the division took place on Saturday is a great credit to the Hopwood Park pitches and Kings groundstaff.
Kings Norton 2nds travelled to play Worcester Wanderers 4ths and lost an open game just 22-10 as captain Peter 'Smurph' Murphy scored the last try in his final game for Kings before he takes up a new post in Devon.
Kings Norton 3rds were well beaten 57-14 by Warwickians at Ash Lane.
Fifth placed Kings Norton will go to the fixture pool tomorrow as they are without a league match.
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