Kenilworth Ladies secured a thrilling 28-26 victory over Cannock to secure their second league win of the season.
The match was a tight contest throughout against a physical side from Cannock, but Kenilworth came out on top
Captain Sarah Munday opened the scoring for Kenilworth with a try after ten minutes of play in Kenilworth’s first real venture into the Cannock 22. Her conversion gave the visitors an early 7-0 lead.
The hosts responded shortly afterwards, however, with a converted try just minutes later to level the scores.
After a period of pressure from the hosts, it was Cannock who were next on the scoreboard with a try from close range having made their way to the visitor’s five metre line. The conversion sailed through the uprights to give the visitors a seven-point advantage.
Kenilworth were soon on the score board once more, however, with an excellent try from centre Harrie Clemens on her league debut. Kenilworth worked their way to just outside the Cannock 22 and the speedy number 13 danced through the defence to score her first try of the afternoon.
The scores remained level at 14-14 after a hard fought first half with all to play for in the final forty.
With the second half underway, Kenilworth were once again the first side to put points on the board with Clemens going over on the left to score her second try of the match. Munday was once again on target with the conversion to give Kenilworth a 21-14 lead.
Cannock made the most of the restart however, to score their third try of the match almost immediately after Kenilworth had regained the lead. The successful conversion once again made the scores level at 21-21.
The hosts then nudged themselves into a five-point lead, with their fourth try of the match after attacking the Kenilworth line from five metres out. The conversion attempt from out wide wasn’t successful to give the hosts a 26-21 lead as the match entered the final ten minutes.
Cannock then broke through the Kenilworth defence and looked set to score their fifth try of the afternoon but the ball the player ran out of play before grounding the ball and Kenilworth breathed a sigh of relief.
That mistake proved costly for Cannock as it would have secured the match but Kenilworth, who needed a converted try to win, had other ideas. The closing stages saw the visitors apply pressure to the Cannock defence in around the 22 after some excellent positional kicking from fly half Munday, and the pressure eventually paid off.
Clemens was on hand to speed through the Cannock defence and touch down by the posts. Munday’s conversion added the extras and Kenilworth held on to secure a 28-6 victory in Staffordshire.