Kenilworth Ladies’ season continued on Sunday with an impressive 26-10 victory in the Cup against Five Ways Old Edwardians.
The match started brightly for Kenilworth with winger Rachel Brown going over to score her side’s first try of the afternoon. Quick ball from the ruck went through the hands with captain Sarah Munday finding Brown in space out wide to cross in the corner for a 5-0 lead.
Their lead was extended on the half hour mark with another try for a winger, this time scored by Phoebe Howles. Munday’s up-and-under was collected perfectly by Howles who then raced to the line to touch down by the posts. Munday’s conversion gave her side a 12-0 lead with half an hour played.
With the second half underway it was Five Ways Old Edwardians who came out of the blocks quickly to reduce Kenilworth’s lead to seven points. Their winger broke through a series of tackles to touch down to the left of the posts. The conversion attempt was missed to leave Kenilworth with a seven-point cushion.
With the final twenty approaching, the match was finely poised and the next score would be crucial. It was Kenilworth who produced that crucial score with number eight Caroline Spence breaking through the defence to score by the posts from ten metres out. Kenilworth’s build up was patient and after good hands and slow ball, Spence was in possession to score her side’s third try of the afternoon. The conversion from Munday sailed through the uprights to give Kenilworth a 19-5 lead with just over 20 minutes to play.
Five minutes later and Kenilworth were on scoreboard once more, this time through speedy outside centre Harrie Clemens who scored her fourth try in just two competitive appearances in blue and yellow. Spence was one again involved, this time making a break to take the ball up to the Five Ways Old Edwardians 22. It was then recycled to allow Clemens to touchdown for what proved to the match-winning try. Munday’s conversion was on target to extend Kenilworth’s lead to 21 points.
With the final ten minutes of the match approaching Kenilworth found themselves down to 14 players after Spence was yellow carded for a high tackle. Five Ways Old Edwardians made the most of their one man advantage, turning over a Kenilworth scrum in the 22 and forcing their way over the line. The try was too little, too late however, and Kenilworth Ladies reached the second round of the Cup with a 26-10 victory against a side in the league above.