Wellingborough win gives Kenilworth Ladies the 'Perfect 10'
Kenilworth Ladies rounded off their second Double Header by securing their tenth league victory in ten matches with a 71-0 defeat of Wellingborough, writes Sophie Freestone.
In a curtain raiser to their league fixture, the Ladies Development XV hosted De Montfort University, securing a 49-0 victory, before the 1st XV took to the field looking to continue their unbeaten run. This was Kenilworth Ladies' second Double Header and it proved to be another successful afternoon.
Young winger Sophie Henry opened the scoring against Wellingborough just minutes into the match when Kenilworth worked the ball over to the left and the speedy winger crossed in the corner. Rebecca Lewis added the extras for an early 7-0 lead.
Kenilworth then doubled their advantage shortly after when they once again found space on the left. This time it was centre Beth Woodward who touched down for her first of the afternoon before Lewis slotted the conversion.
Shortly after, Woodward secured a brace, dodging her way through the Wellingborough defence. The powerful centre had an overlap on the right but she didn't need it as she slipped past the visitors to score. Lewis gave her side a 21-0 lead with her successful conversion.
There were also first half tries for Fran Dargan and captain Rebecca Hill, either side of a second try from Henry, as the hosts went into the break 36 points to the good.
Kenilworth started the first half quickly, with Phoebe Howles crossing on the right after a dummy from centre Felicity Baldwin put the winger into space. Lewis' fourth conversion of the afternoon made the score 43--0.
Immediately after the restart Woodward made it three tries to secure a hat trick. Hooker Siobhan Allison-Moore caught the kick from Wellingborough before offloading to Woodward who broke through the visitors' defence on half way to score under the posts. Another Lewis conversion took her side to the half century mark with 25 minutes to play.
Woodward then crossed for a fourth try just moments later, once again cutting through the visitors' defence, before Lewis' conversion made it 57-0. Hill showed her pace to breakaway from the Wellingborough defence and touchdown on the right. Lewis was again on target with the boot to take her side beyond 60 points.
Howles then followed in Henry and Hill's footsteps to secure her brace, this time on the left. The conversion from Lewis tipped Kenilworth over the 70-point mark to complete the scoring for the afternoon and give her side a 71-0 victory.
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The result sees Kenilworth reach 47 points in the league, six ahead of second-place Five Ways Old Edwardians. Their next match is between the Development XV and Amber Valley at Glasshouse Lane on Sunday before the 1st XV return to action on Sunday 18th February with a trip to Shropshire side Bridgnorth.