KENILWORTH 27 DUDLEY KINGSWINFORD 17
Impressive Kenilworth blow away Dudley in windy bonus point win. Kenilworth secured their second successive victory on Saturday as they defeated Dudley Kingswinford in a 27-17 victory at a wet and windy Glasshouse Lane, writes Sophie Freestone.
The home side started the brightest, stealing an early Dudley line-out after just three minutes. Subsequent play resulted in a penalty for Kenilworth inside their own half and although Josh Hickman missed the long range penalty, the home side continued to apply the pressure on Dudley, attacking well in the opposition half.
After a second missed penalty Kenilworth's pressure paid off as they crossed for the opening try of the match. A quick take at a line out inside Dudley's 22 found its way to new recruit Josh Fox who dived over the whitewash. The successful conversion from Josh Hickman gave the hosts a 7-0 lead after 15 minutes. A penalty from Hickman three minutes later extended their lead to 10 points.
Dudley responded with a penalty of their own to score their first points of the match, before Kenilworth were almost in again thanks to a charge down from flanker
Ollie Burnham in Dudley's 22. It was only a matter of time however, before Kenilworth extended their lead with Josh Fox adding to his earlier score after a great break down the left wing to give Kenilworth a 15-3 lead after 30 minutes.
As the first half drew to a close, Kenilworth continued to attack with Mikkel Andresen making a great move up the middle of the pitch. A period of good play eventually took Kenilworth deep inside Dudley's 22 after a clever kick to touch from Gaz Renowden gave Kenilworth a penalty from the visitor's line out. Renowden's quick take allowed Andresen to cross to the right of the posts. The wind pulled the conversion wide, and Kenilworth ended the first half with a comfortable 20-3 lead.
The difficult weather conditions continued as the second half began, and things went from bad to worse for the visitors who had a player yellow carded for not giving 10m. Kenilworth earned a penalty after some good attacking play and an excellent run from Andresen resulted in a kickable penalty which the strong wind once again dragged wide of the posts.
With Dudley restored to 15 men it was then Kenilworth's turn to play 10 minutes with a man down as Ollie Burnham was sent to the sin bin for using his hands in a ruck. Despite their disadvantage, it was Kenilworth who had the strongest 10 minute period. Charlie Preston made a great break up the right only to be penalised for holding on, before a knock on over the line prevented the bonus point try. That try did come, however, as Kenilworth won a 5m scrum and the ball was popped up to captain Bobby Thompson who crossed for the first points of the half on 70 minutes. Hickman duly converted to give Kenilworth a strong 27-3 lead with just five minutes to go.
Two late tries from Dudley closed the gap to 10 points and made the match look a tighter affair than it was, but it was ultimately a comfortable victory for Kenilworth.
The bonus point win leaves them in eighth position in the league and level on points with Hereford who they travel to this weekend.
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