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28th Jun, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Alcester end losing run with bonus point win against Southam

ALCESTER RFC snapped their four-game losing streak with a bonus point 38-7 win against Southam.

Mark Burrell crossed twice with further tries from Matt Johnson, Phil Birks, Max Biltcliffe and Jack Green at Kings Coughton.

The result means Alcester sit sixth in the Midlands 3 West (South) table, as they look set for a mid-table finish with only three matches reamining.

And Alcester made the perfect start when Burrell scored his first try of the afternoon after Dwayne Cruickshank created an overlap before passing to the former.

The home side scored their second try when Johnson ripped the ball from his opponent before finishing in the corner after Southam failed to clear their lines on their own try line.

Southam had a chance to trouble the scoreboard late in the first half only for a penalty attempt to fail to reach the uprights.

And Alcester responded when Burrell grabbed his second try after running from deep inside his own half to race over the whitewash with Oli Hayes adding the conversion to send the hosts into the break with a 17-0 lead.

The tries continued to flow in the second period when Birks scooped up a loose ball from a Southam fumble to score the home side’s bonus point try with Hayes converting.

Southam scored their only try in front of the posts soon after only for Biltcliffe to add Alcester’s fifth score of the game from close range with Cruickshank adding the extras.

And Green sealed the win with Alcester’s sixth try after the ball was worked out wide before Green used his strength to hand off the defender and crash over.

The team are still plagued by injuries with Dave Marriott forced to make his first team return at the age of 54 whilst Jacob Turner started his first game at loosehead prop and Hayes made his senior debut at the age of 17.

Alcester host Stoke Old Boys in their next outing on Saturday, April 2 with kick-off at 3pm at Alcester Rugby Club.

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