The afternoon began on a sombre note as a minute's silence was observed for former Kenilworth President Dai Davies who recently passed away; the term "stalwart" can become a hackneyed phrase but in this instance it is a very fitting description.
The start to the game was delayed by frantic discussions regarding the eligibility of one of the Worcester substitutes to run the touch; diplomacy won out and battle was joined. Almost from the off a highly contentious decision for offside gave the visitors a straightforward chance to take an early lead but the kick was wide. Almost immediately another contentious decision gave Worcester another shot at goal and the first points of the day were on the board. Kenilworth responded with a vigorous attack from the restart and Andresen, making a nuisance of himself at the breakdown, won a good penalty just inside the visitors' half. Hickman sized up the task and duly got the Ks back on terms.
Kenilworth now enjoyed a period in the ascendancy but all their efforts came to nothing due to failures at set play –most notably lineout. Worcester, for their part, were using every opportunity to counter and only exceptional defensive work from the likes of Haynes and Hickman prevented further scores. But the Ken line was under increasing pressure and form a maul the visitors recorded their first try of the afternoon. Play continued in the vicinity of the Ken line but with the half running down, Andreson forced the turnover and broke from his 22 before finding Tyler supporting well. The returning centre was at full throttle and beat two defenders before being hauled down just yards from the try-line. Renowden, in his usual sniping mode, was first on the scene and a neat pick-up allowed him to saunter between the posts and the half ended all square at 10.
Straight from the restart Kenilworth win a penalty which Hickman converts to give the hosts their first lead of the day. Worcester waste no time and the impressive 6 does the hard yards before offloading for their second try. This latest score was the signal for Worcester to up the pace and some of their handling and interplay was top-drawer and soon produced another score which suggested the game might run away from the Ks very quickly. But the response was as defiant as it was rapid; Kenilworth enjoyed their own period camped on the Worcester line but, as before, set play let them down. Despite that they continued to rebuild and from one such move, the outstanding Haynes seemed to be running sideways but there was method in his madness – he waited for the appropriate gap to appear before darting through to score and with 10 minutes to go there were 9 points in it.
Kenilworth were denied momentum by some strange decisions and Worcester took their next opportunity to score. But back came Kenilworth and with the line in sight Wadey saw the opportunity and crashed over for the score – but the referee mysteriously decided that the ball had been held up and a 5m scrum was awarded. The next attack began in similar fashion but this time Wadey offloaded to Haynes who capped a good afternoon's work with a try in the corner. So the Ks were back within 9 and still pushing to get something from the game when full time was called somewhat earlier than expected. After a number of poor performances this was one full of character and frankly deserved better from a match that could have gone either way.