Tuesday 19 February 2013 Updated: 19/02 17:45
KINGS NORTON grabbed the local bragging rights with a 38-10 home victory over Woodrush on Saturday to all but ensure their Midlands Three West (South) status is secured for another season.
The win took the Hopwood outfit up to fifth place but there was nothing to celebrate for Woodrush for whom a fifth defeat in six league games leaves them just two places and four points above the relegation places.
It was an entertaining encounter of flowing rugby for the fans to enjoy and by the end Kings were celebrating a league double over their opponents, who now visit second bottom Ledbury tomorrow in what is a crunch game in their bid to seal safety.
The game commenced with an early try for the hosts when a Jack Fairhurst break created the opportunity for his captain Chris Carlin in close support to take the scoring pass which he then converted.
Woodrush soon hit back and after six minutes redressed the balance with a good try scored by Lucas Hooper following a well worked move.
Although the conversion was missed Woodrush had their tails up and continually pressurised the home side for the next 15 minutes.
During this period Kings conceded a penalty close to their posts for going over the top of a ruck but the visitors, who were missing talismanic kicker Steve Smart, failed to convert this easy chance and came away without making any further progress on the scoreboard.
Kings finally worked their way out of the Woodrush stranglehold and one typical Tom Hatfield drive took the Ash Lane club into their opponents' 22m and it was now the visitors' turn to defend a sustained period of Norton's forward drives for the line, before eventually clearing their lines with a long range upfield punt.
Kings came back strongly and gained a penalty when Woods entered the ruck illegally and Kings scrum half Shane Rees quickly took a tapped ball and sprinted unopposed over the try line for Kings' second try to which Carlin again added the extras.
The game flowed from end to end and with just five minutes of the first half left prop forward Craig Freeman broke from the back of a forward drive to score Kings' third try, however the long range conversion attempt was wide of the mark.
Woodrush then responded in typical retaliatory fashion with a great run down the wing by Ed Lerna who scored a great unconverted try in the right hand corner to cut his side's arrears to 19-10 at the break.
Although Woodrush competed well throughout the second period they were unable to break down Kings' defence.
Just six minutes into the second half and with Woodrush on the attack, Kings' man of the match prop forward Kris Fenn intercepted a pass on the halfway line and won the race to the line to score under the posts and Carlin easily popped the ball over for the extras to open up a 16-point gap.
The plucky visitors worked tirelessly to break down Kings' stout defence without success and succumbed to two further scores.
At the 65-minute mark Hatfield crashed over in the corner for an unconverted try and then with moments to go 18-year-old Will Greenwood took the ball on the burst and cleverly attacked down the blind side, drawing his man before releasing Fairhurst who outpaced the visitors' defence to score under the posts and captain Carlin added the extras to complete the scoring.
Kings Norton 2nds defeated Woodrush 2nds 38-5 to round off a god day at the office for the Hopwood Park outfit.
Kings are also in action tomorrow (2.15pm) at home to mid-table Evesham.
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