Another defeat, albeit narrow, at the hands of a potential fellow-entrant into the relegation mire of National Three Midlands, was the outcome of a tough encounter at Glasshouse Lane.
Neither side played particularly well in muddy conditions, but the power and alertness of the men from the Fens, aided by spells of wayward rugby from their hosts, determined the outcome (writes Bob Jones).
Kenilworth started brightly with a Sam Viggers break and several good drives by the pack. The latter were too much for Peterborough flanker Andrijauskas, who was sin-binned by referee Graham Dickens after just six minutes for coming in from the side. No advantage came from either the resulting penalty award or the extra man, but Alex Stajka then opened the scoring with a penalty goal following yet another transgression by the visitors. Restored to full strength, they immediately put pressure on the Ks, inducing an offside, which fly-half Low punished with a penalty goal as the game entered its second quarter. A try-saving tackle by Jez Noon that followed an interception marked the onset of a rocky spell for the home side. Matters were not helped by an injury to Alecs Stanojevic, which saw Grant Hancox replace him. Against the run of play, Ross Bayston twice hacked on a loose ball, before winning the race to touch down on 27 minutes. Stajka, whose all-round kicking was otherwise admirable, failed with the conversion. Further injury woe ensued, with Ian Phillips forced to retire in favour of Will Parkes just before the half-hour. Peterborough retained the ascendancy, and it was no surprise when prop Steencamp popped up in the loose to finish a good move near the posts, Low adding the extras after 34 minutes. The torrid episode continued, and with Kenilworth mistakes adding to the mix, centre Marcisauskas was on hand to complete another smart move. The try was unconverted but Peterborough led 8-15 at the interval.
Disarray was still the order of the day for the home side at the start of the second half. A bodged move saw the ball go to ground. Winger Ciuchlejus then emulated Bayston, hacking on before gathering and touching down for an unconverted try in the right corner after five minutes. Cue a comeback by the Ks. Deciding to concentrate on close-quarter work, a series of drives by the pack culminated in a try for Tristan Wati, converted by Stajka, five minutes later. With the game seemingly now under some semblance of control, and a five-point deficit, it was disappointing that a mere three minutes elapsed before Ciuchlejus collected his second try after a breakout, Low converting to stretch the lead once again. To their credit, Kenilworth responded well. A good Paul Thompson charge to deep in Peterborough territory saw a penalty chance ensue, which Stajka put over, as the game entered its final quarter. The forward exchanges were uncompromising, and resulted in Parkes being yellow-carded soon after this, as the Ks mounted a solid defensive effort within their 22. Rob Varney was introduced in place of Matt Greevy for the final few minutes. This energized the home effort. A couple of penalty awards enabled Stajka make ground to touch near the corner. A very effective drive by the pack ended with at try for Sam Overton. However, Stajka's conversion, which reduced the arrears to two points, was soon followed by Mr. Dickens final whistle.
Kenilworth:Stanojevic, Rust, Noon,Viggers, Bayston, Clements, Stajka, Greevy, Overton, Wati, Watts, Phillips, Baillie, Blaydon, Thompson(Capt.). Replacements: Varney, Parkes, Hancox.