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29th Jun, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Redditch Veterans beaten by Stourbridge

REDDITCH Veterans suffered a 41-12 defeat against Stourbridge after the first team’s fixture in Stone was postponed due to adverse weather.


Tim Aris and Stuart Freeman crossed for Redditch’s two tries – the latter playing in his first game in over 20 years.


However, the visitors proved too good for Duncan Davis’ side as they took the game out of Redditch’s reach with a flurry of tries in the second-half.


The game began with a minute’s silence in remembrance of former Redditch player and committee member Dave Pellett who had unfortunately passed away that morning.


Redditch could not have made a worse start when Stourbridge scored the opening try in the first minute of the match.


However, the home side responded when Aris levelled the scores after a good spell of possession and conventional rugby.


And Redditch soon had the lead when Freeman turned pressure into points with his side’s second try which was converted by Aaron Atkinson.


The Kingfishers struggled to hold onto their lead for long as Stourbridge utilised their pace out wide to draw level before eventually heading into the break with a 17-12 lead.


Redditch’s injuries mounted in the closing stages as Stourbridge ran in four second-half tries to condemn the veterans to defeat.

The first team return to action at home to Atherstone on Saturday, December 4.

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