Under-strength Kenilworth suffer heavy Evesham defeat
Kenilworth travelled to Evesham on Saturday and suffered a comprehensive 36-0 defeat, with the side missing a number of first team regulars, writes Sophie Freestone.
With a chill in the air, the match was played in terrible conditions on a muddy pitch but that didn't stop the hosts opening the scoring inside the opening five minutes. A five metre line out was followed by a driving maul and Evesham bundled their way over the line to open the scoring and take a 5-0 lead.
That five-point lead was doubled to 10 points just three minutes later when their athletic second row broke up the left wing, taking his side to the 22. The ball was then moved in field for a try by the posts which was duly converted for a 12-point cushion with less than ten minutes on the clock.
Evesham were in rampant try-scoring form, scoring their third of the match just two minutes later, once again touching down under the posts. The simple conversion was slotted from in front of the sticks and the hosts now had a comfortable 19-point lead with almost 70 minutes of rugby still to play.
It was no surprise that with 16 minutes on the clock, Evesham had secured the bonus point. Pressure on the Kenilworth 22 paid dividends for the hosts who had effortlessly raced into a 24-0 lead.
With the wet and muddy conditions it would have been easy for Kenilworth to let the huge deficit dampen their spirits. However, excellent defensive work all over the park stemmed the flow of Evesham points for the remainder of the opening forty and the sides went into the break with the score remaining at 24-0.
Kenilworth would have been hoping they could continue their defensive efforts when the second half got underway but Evesham had other ideas. Two tries in ten minutes after the break from the hosts, one of which was converted, extended their lead to 36-points from six tries.
As with the first half, Kenilworth's superb defence then prevented the hosts from adding to their tally in the remaining thirty minutes. Despite holding the hosts out for much of the match, Kenilworth were unable to find that cutting edge in attack to penetrate the Evesham defence, however, and the match finished in a 36-0 victory for Evesham.
Kenilworth remain in third place, seven points adrift of second-placed Malvern. Their next match sees them host bottom side Old Yardleians on Saturday at Glasshouse Lane.