Kenilworth Ladies go top with powerful performance against Coventry Welsh
Kenilworth Ladies’ successful season continued at Glasshouse Lane on Sunday with a 34-5 victory over local rivals Coventry Welsh to put them at the top of the Women’s NC 2 North league table.
Prop Annie Rankin opened the scoring for Kenilworth with a try in the opening ten minutes after a sweeping run from wing Harrie Clemens took her side up to the five meter line. Rankin was on hand to dive over, before the conversion from Flic Baldwin rebounded off the uprights to leave the score at 5-0 to the hosts.
With the first half entering the closing stages, Caroline Spence extended her side’s lead with a try after the number eight powerfully shrugged off three defenders to touch down. Baldwin’s conversion was wide of the mark as the host's took a 10-0 lead into the break.
With just two scores separating the two sides, the first points of the half were going to be crucial and it was Kenilworth that were the first on the scoreboard in the final forty. Having made their way to the Coventry Welsh five metre line, Kenilworth secured a turn over, allowing Christie Foster to dive over to give the hosts a 15-0 lead.
Then came the try of the match. Kenilworth were in a commanding position on the score board, and were once again in the Coventry Welsh half. After a rolling maul took them to just outside the twenty two, fly half Baldwin whipped the ball to centre Gemma Gilleece who ran the perfect line before dodging a defender on her way to scoring her side’s fourth try under the posts. Baldwin’s conversion sailed through the uprights to give Kenilworth a solid 22-0 lead.
Coventry Welsh eventually got themselves on the scoreboard with an unconverted try having turned the ball over on the Kenilworth twenty two, but the hosts responded immediately with a try from Clemens. Spence broke away from the scrum before passing to scrum half Rebecca Lane who spotted Clemens on the right wing. The conversion from Baldwin was successful to put the hosts 29-5 up with 12 minutes to play.
The final try of the afternoon came from Baldwin after her side had worked their way up tot he Coventry Welsh five metre line. The flay half spotted a mis-match to left of the posts and put her foot on the gas to cross for Kenilworth’s sixth try of the afternoon for a 34-5 victory.
That result put Kenilworth at the top of the league with 22 points from seven matches, one point ahead of Dudley Kingswinford. Their next fixture is away to Winnington Park on Sunday afternoon.