Kenilworth Ladies celebrated their first home league match of the season with a 32-19 victory of Cheshire-based side Winnington Park, writes Sophie Freestone.
Their first try since being awarded league status for the start of this season came courtesy of Phoebe Howles with the winger making the most of space on the right wing to score after just five minutes. Sarah Munday’s subsequent conversion attempt was just short of the uprights to give Kenilworth a five-point lead in as many minutes.
Winnington Park responded almost immediately, however with a break up the left wing following missed tackles from the Kenilworth defence, resulting in a try. The conversion attempt was missed to leave he scores level at 5-5 inside the opening ten minutes.
As the opening quarter drew to a close, Kenilworth regained the lead thanks to a superb try from centre Carly Downing who powered through the WInnington Park defence to score on her home debut. Munday’s successful conversion from in front of the posts gave the home side a seven-point lead.
With the second half underway Kenilworth were quick to put more points on the board. Scrum half Rebecca Lane crossed to the right of the posts to extend her side’s lead to 12 points with the conversion from Munday hitting the uprights.
A fourth try just four minutes later from Christie Foster extended Kenilworth’ s lead to 17 points. The number eight powered over from close range to score on the right wing although Munday’s conversion was just short to keep the score at 22-5 with just over half an hour to play.
As the match entered the final quarter Winnignton Park were looking to reduce the deficit and amidst their attack, Kenilworth hooker Lexi MacKee was shown a yellow card after 62 minutes when the Kenilworth pack were penalised for bringing the scrum down.
Winnington Park didn’t take long to close the gap with a penalty try awarded after 62 minutes. The simple conversion was successful to make the score 22-12 with just over 15 minutes to play.
Kenilworth’s final try of the afternoon came once again from centre Downing who raced over the line to touch down by the posts. Munday’s second conversion of the afternoon ensured that the home side secured an important 32-19 victory and their first league win of the season.