Ladies v University of Birmingham & Old Northamptonians
Kenilworth Ladies stormed to a 48-5 victory over the University of Birmingham 2nds, despite fielding an inexperienced side in freezing temperatures under the Friday night lights at Glasshouse Lane, writes Cath Lyon. That performance was followed up by a 33-0 victory over Old Northamptonians as the ladies once again secured two victories in a weekend. The hosts dominated Friday’s friendly which saw both sides hand out a number of debuts, thanks to simple but well executed attacking play. Two tries in quick succession from speedy full-back Harrie Clemens, including one straight from a restart, were successfully converted by fly-half Felicity Baldwin for a 14-0 lead. Birmingham responded with an unconverted try after taking advantage of hesitant Kenilworth defending. There then followed a procession of Kenilworth tries, with an impressive hat-trick from centre Phoebe Howles and Rebecca Lane, Patricia McMahon and Vicky Stokes also crossing the whitewash. Although the backs scored all the points it was Kenilworth’s forwards who set the platform for the convincing victory, with flanker Alexandra Clay putting in a superb performance and hooker Emma Kimberley impressing in her first full outing at number two. Speaking after the match, head coach Tim Burden praised the skill and dedication of his players. “Everyone performed so well and I was especially pleased with some of the newer players,” said Burden. “This evening has shown me how determined and committed the players are to making Kenilworth Ladies a real success.” Kenilworth were then back in action on Sunday afternoon, securing a 33-0 victory against Old Northamptonians. Kenilworth started strongly and raced into a commanding 26-0 lead within the opening 20 minutes courtesy of tries from Jasmine Heffer, Baldwin, Clemens and Lane. The visitors’ defence then held firm to prevent Old Northamptonians from getting on the scoresheet. Kenilworth had the final say when an interception from fly-half Stokes allowed Baldwin to race over the line for a converted try.