Kenilworth overpowered by strong Sutton Coldfield
Kenilworth suffered their third consecutive league defeat on Saturday in a 32-5 loss at newcomers Sutton Coldfield, who were relegated to Midlands One West at the end of last season, writes Sophie Freestone.
Despite a strong start with an early try, Kenilworth were unable to maintain their lead, conceding 32 unanswered points in the process.
Bobby Thompson’s try after just five minutes saw the visitors take an early 5-0 lead although Hickman was off target with his conversion attempt. The try came after a patient build-up from Kenilworth in which there were multiple phases before Thompson bundled over the line.
The opening fifteen minutes saw some impressive play from Kenilworth before a penalty put Sutton Coldfield on the score board after 18 minutes to close the gap to two points.
A second penalty followed just four minutes later to nudge the home side ahead by a single point, giving them a lead that they would not relinquish.
Kenilworth withstood the pressure from Sutton Coldfield until the 39th minute when flanker Ollie Burman was sent to the sin bin for not rolling away.
The home side opted for a scrum and were quick to make the most of their one-man advantage, scoring a try after moving the ball over to the left wing. The conversion was missed to give the home side a six-point lead at the break.
With the second half underway, Sutton Coldfield scored their second try of the afternoon just three minutes after the restart with the Kenilworth defence unable to deal with a kick through. With the successful conversion, the hosts moved into an 18-5 lead.
With Kenilworth restored to their full compliment, Sutton Coldfield’s third try of the afternoon came after 58 minutes with a counter attack from inside their own 22. A number of missed tackles from the visitors’ defence allowed them to progress deep into the Kenilworth half before crossing on the left. Another successful conversion added to Kenilworth’s woes as the home side moved into a 25-5 lead with 20 minutes to play.
Although Kenilworth had some good field positions inside the Sutton Coldfield half, handling errors proved costly and the hosts secured their four-try bonus point in the 74th minute with a converted try which gave them a 32-5 victory.
This defeat leaves Kenilworth bottom of Midlands 1 West with two bonus points from three matches.