Brave Kenilworth battle hard but Sutton are too strong up front
For match photos, please click HERE
Kenilworth continued to show signs of improvement at the weekend but Sutton Coldfield’s powerful pack were just too strong at Glasshouse Lane, with the visitors running out 39-18 winners.
Sutton were the first to get themselves on the scoreboard with a penalty after just three minutes when the hosts’ were penalised for not releasing. Kenilworth’s responded almost immediately however, with Josh Hickman scoring his first penalty on what was a perfect afternoon from the tee for the full back.
The visitors regained the lead with fifteen minutes on the clock when an impressive driving maul took them over the Kenilworth try line. The successful conversion gave Sutton a seven-point cushion at 10-3.
A second penalty from Hickman closed the gap to four points just three minutes before his third after 23 minutes cut Sutton’s advantage to just a single point.
With the half hour mark approaching, Sutton utilised their powerful driving maul once more to take them up to the Kenilworth 5m line, allowing a back to jink over the line and score. The successful conversion made the score 17-9 to Sutton with just over ten minutes of the half remaining.
Two further penalties in quick succession from Hickman reduced the deficit to two points with half time looming but Sutton were determined to have the final say of the opening forty, scoring two tries in quick succession. The first of these scores saw the ball make it’s way down the line before the winger crept in at the left corner. The next try was scored just minutes later, their fourth of the afternoon, to wrap up the bonus point on the stroke of half time and make the score 27-15 at the break.
The second half began in much the same way as the first half concluded, with Sutton once again crossing the whitewash. A superb piece of individual skill with a chip over the Kenilworth defence took the visitors deep into the Kenilworth 22 for a simple run in on the left.
Sutton now had a commanding 17-point lead but Hickman’s superb form with the boot continued with his sixth penalty of the match to the Kenilworth up to 18 points to Sutton’s 32 with just under half an hour to play.
The last of Sutton’s six tries came as the final quarter approach, this time from a 5m line out. The ball was retained and made its way to the full back who dived over unopposed. The conversion gave his side a 39-18 lead and that’s how it remained until the final whistle.
The result now means that Kenilworth have lost thirteen of their fifteen fixtures this season but with a number of familiar faces set to return in the coming weeks, the squad remain optimistic that they can turn their season around. Their next fixture is away to Whitchurch tomorrow (Saturday).