With frost still on the ground, play was at times just as crisp in a game where the lead changed hands three or four times. Pleasingly it was the home side that prevailed thanks to greater team focus when it mattered. Kenilworth 2nds 27- Loughborough 2nds 22.
As seems to be the norm for Kenilworth 2s we started slowly and were almost immediately on the back foot thanks to some slack defense in the home side’s mid field. Straight from the restart Adam Turner took advantage of a mistake in the Loughborough three- quarters to hack through and beat the covering defense to the touch down. With both sides landing their conversions it was seven all after as many minutes.
Following another lapse of concentration, Loughborough scored their second try of the half which was soon cancelled out by a Lothian touch- down completing a good length of the field move.
Before the half was out, another period of pressure on the visitors’ line allowed Clifford to step inside the cover defense to claim a try of his own.
The second half continued as the first with neither side managing to build a significant lead. Again it was the visitors who made the early headway before the home side started to pull some phases of play together. Back came Kenilworth with Nicholson and Lothian now leading from the front. The renewed impetus providing Povey with more of a platform from which to steer the attack. Following a neat driving maul and a couple of close quarter drives it was Wylie who dotted down for an unconverted try.
The remainder of the match was a somewhat nervy affair with the only remaining score coming from substitute Jones whose hard running from close in completed a smart passage of play. The final 10 minutes of the match were spent keeping the visitors at bay. Thankfully this was achieved with Kenilworth winning 27-22. A great satisfying result indeed and just what we need ahead of next week’s match against Broadstreet.