A tale of two halves for Kenilworth as Bournville taste success at Glassshouse Lane
It was a fifth defeat of the season for Kenilworth on Saturday as they suffered a 42-24 home defeat to Bournville despite racing into a 21-3 lead after just 21 minutes, writes Sophie Freestone.
Kenilworth’s first try of the match was scored by winger Rhys Jones who latched onto a grubber kick from full back Jamie Mapletoft after the ball was shipped wide with just eight minutes played. Hickman’s conversion gave the hosts a 7-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes.
Bournville closed the gap to four points with quarter of an hour gone, thanks to a penalty from fly half Alex Warner. Kenilworth responded immediately however, with a try from flanker Mikkel Andresen. A superb mid-air catch gave the hosts an excellent field position in attack and the ball eventually made its way to Andresen who danced his way over the line. Hickman successfully added the extras to give Kenilworth a 14-3 lead with just 17 minutes played.
The hosts were again on the scoreboard just four minutes later with another well worked try that was finished off by number eight Bobby Thompson, after the back row who also started the move. Thompson broke away from the back of a Kenilworth scrum just outside their own 22 before passing to Gareth Renowden who broke upfield. Quick ball created space out wide on the left and good hands from Thompson allowed him to cross on the left. Hickman converted the try to give the hosts an impressive 21-3 lead with just 21 minutes on the clock.
The second twenty of the first half saw possession swing between both sides before Bournville began their comeback after 32 minutes. Some quick hands took the ball out to winger Warren Oliver who chased his own kick to score on the right. Warner added the extras.
Bournville’s second try of the afternoon followed shortly afterwards, with prop Alex Willis powering over from a 5m line out. Willis once again converted the try to take Bournville to within four points of Kenilworth to make the score 21-17 as half time approached.
Hickman and Warner exchanged penalties in the opening ten minutes of the second half before Bournville took the lead for the first time with 54 minutes on the clock. The visitors pounced on loose ball from the base of a 5m scrum from Kenilworth before hooker Ashley Knight burrowed his way over the line for a 25-24 lead.
Kenilworth’s defence held firm for the next 15 minutes before Bournville capitalised on a poor line out from the hosts with Drew Harper crossing after 70 minutes to secure the try bonus point. Warner’s conversion made the score 32-24 to the visitors with just under 10 minutes to play.
That lead was extended just five minutes later after the ball was well worked across the field from a line out just inside the Kenilworth 22 to put James Whybrow over in the right corner.
Bournville were then on the scoreboard just two minutes later to finish the match with a superb team try from inside their own half. James Whybrow was once again on hand to make the final score 42-24 to Bournville.
The defeat means Kenilworth currently sit at the bottom of Midlands 1 West with just one win in six games. Their next fixture is a Cup semi final against Nuneaton at Broadstreet RFC on Sunday before they return to league action on Saturday 22nd October away from home against Burton.
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