Kenilworth Colts' first away game of the 2017/18 season took them a short distance North West to Broadstreet on an unusually mild October afternoon, with the side suffering a narrow 17-11 defeat, writes Phil Morris.With a few changes and most importantly a couple of additions to the squad, Kenilworth set up with their backs to the stiff breeze and warm sun. Following the kick off from Broadstreet, the hosts won a penalty and kicked into touch in the left corner, signalling their first venture into the Kenilworth twenty two. A further penalty was awarded after they won the line out but they were unable to convert their early opportunity into points from the resulting kick at goal.
The next ten minutes of the game were scrappy and hard fought with five penalties, four line outs and six scrums. However, Kenilworth's efforts were rewarded at the fifteen minute mark when Will Morgan successfully kicked a penalty to put the first points on the board and give his side a 3-0 lead.
The following 15 minutes of play proved to be very physical with the warmth, swept up from the south by Storm Ophelia, taking its toll on both sides. Broadstreet then won another penalty a few metres from the line and looked certain to score but Kenilworth's excellent defence held the ball up. Broadstreet came back again after a scrum, however, and this time made no mistake to score their opening try and open their account for the afternoon. The conversion was missed to give the hosts a 5-3 lead.
With half time looming, Kenilworth won a penalty shortly after the restart. Morgan once again slotted the penalty to give his side a 6-5 lead at the break.
Broadstreet started the second half very brightly, scoring a try in the opening minute to regain the lead when a long kick ahead was put in and eventually touched down. The wind-assisted conversion was successful, to give the hosts a 12-6 lead.
Kenilworth's scrum was notably the stronger as the second half progressed with the front making it look easy at times to shove Broadstreet backwards at scrum time. Despite this, Broadstreet defended consistently well, resisting Kenilworth's advances.
However, another scrappy period followed, which concluded with a well-worked try from Broadstreet after about 25 minutes. The conversion attempt was missed but Broadstreet now held a 17-6 lead.
Undaunted by the score line, the next 10 minutes were arguably Kenilworth's best of the game, with their scrum dominant and the ball being handled with more speed and accuracy. The reward was not long in the making, with a try scored by Henry Maggs. The missed conversion into the wind signalled the final whistle, as Broadstreet secured a 17-11 victory.
Although the match ended in defeat for Kenilworth, it was was another display of strong commitment from the Colts and a great result against a very successful team. With a little more training, this new Colts squad will go from strength to strength and the future is certainly a bright one.