26th Sep, 2020

Friendly victory leaves Alcester in good nick

Liam Moakes 25th Sep, 2019

ALCESTER secured an impressive 41-0 victory over local rivals Stratford 2nds in their friendly fixture on Saturday.

It was a strong performance from the home side as the previous weekend’s man of the match Jamie Harland stood out again with his hat-trick of tries.

Alcester were 26-0 up at the break after all three of Harland’s tries came in the first 40 minutes. Louis Smith also crossed the whitewash and Ed Gough slotted over three conversions.

The Kings Coughton men ran in three more tries in the second half courtesy of Lewis Walker, Mat Ashby and Gough.

Their strong defence and discipline prevented Stratford from getting on the scoreboard.

Director of rugby Stu Phillips praised the team and said: “The players have embraced the new head coach’s vision of rugby at Alcester and it’s starting to pay dividends.

“We look forward to entertaining Bedworth in Midlands Three West (South) this weekend and go into it buoyed by this performance and result.”

Alcester’s 2nd XV had a late change in opposition and travelled to Woodrush where they lost 36-28.

The lead changed hands several times but it was the Wythall side who had the edge at half-time with a 17-14 scoreline.

Tries from Shaun Nash, Scott McGee and two from Glyn Smith were not enough as Woodrush had the extra carrying power which helped them see out the game.

However, both teams ended in good spirits given the late summer heatwave.

Alcester 2nds are away at Bedworth this weekend.

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