Saturday 23 September 2017
After two cancelled matches, the Colts finally got their 2017-'18 campaign underway in the bright, warm September sunshine at the cowpatch.
Kicking-off into the low autumn sun, Kenilworth made a convincing start with their squad of 15 leaving no room for incidents. Despite some players covering unfamiliar positions (with injured players looking on from the touchline) Kenilworth pressed hard. Their early confidence and energy caught Southam off-guard and within the first 5 minutes Kenilworth's No.3 "Spoons" powered his way over the line for try number one - the first score of the season. 5 - 0.
Kenilworth continued to push hard and made a series of searching runs deep into Southam's half. Southam's defence resisted and frustrated Kenilworth's advances. As they re-grouped, Southam capitalised on some Kenilworth errors and won a penalty kick right in front of the posts. The result was inevitable: 5 - 3.
Kenilworth were temporarily down to 14 and then 13 players at this stage and working hard to compensate. Despite that setback, Kenilworth made excellent progress towards the far right corner, with Rob Poulter muscling over for un-converted try number 2. 10 - 3.
Kenilworth had to juggle things around a bit with 13 players on the field and some legs were beginning to show some tiredness. Southam re-grouped and a solid attacking phase from them was rewarded with a converted try, bringing them right back into the game at 10 - 10, the half-time score.
Southam kicked-off into the sun and Kenilworth responded with a superb run from Sam Morris and then Archie Weetman, taking the Colts to within 5m of the line. Southam somehow resisted and cleared the danger. A series of attacks and counter-attacks followed with Southam proving slightly more effective at the breakdown, but neither side able to break through. Then, Southam were awarded another penalty right in the centre of the park: 10 - 13.
Another superb run from fullback Ben Hindson put Kenilworth close to scoring again, but it wasn't enough and Southam took possession and cleared once more. Again, Southam's efforts were rewarded with a straightforward penalty kick, stretching their lead to 10 - 16. A final scrum presented Kenilworth with their last opportunity to score but the ball was spilled and Southam kicked into the crowd, for the final whistle.
Throughout the game, heads never dropped and 100% commitment from the K's was evident. This new Colts squad just needs a little more time to develop and build.