High-flying Kenilworth Ladies beat Winnington Park to go top at Christmas
Kenilworth Ladies completed their final competitive match of 2016 on Sunday with a 29-0 victory away to Winnington Park to cement their position at the top of the Women’s NC Midlands 2 league table.
Fly half Felicity Baldwin opened the scoring inside the opening ten minutes after a solid scrum from the forwards which set the tone for a strong performance from the pack. Baldwin dummied with centre Siobhan Allison-Moore to create space for her to run into and cross under the posts. Her successful conversion gave the visitors an early 7-0 lead.
Their second try was scored in similar fashion, with another dummy from Baldwin who this time popped to centre Phoebe May Howles who touched down under the uprights. Baldwin’s conversion was once again on target to extend her side’s lead to 14 points.
Despite the two-try deficit Winnington Park began to put Kenilworth under pressure as the first half wore on with the visitors also conceding a string of penalties. Kenilworth held on, however, and took their 14-point advantage into half time.
The final forty saw Kenilworth build on their first half performance as they continued to stretch their lead. Their first try of the half came from number eight Caroline Spence who broke away from a scrum that the visitors had won against the head deep inside the Winnington Park 22. There was no stopping the powerful number eight as she crossed to give her side a 19-point lead.
Their fourth try of the afternoon came from winger Jasmine Heffer after the forwards had made superb ground. Kenilworth sucked in the Winnington Park defence and passed the ball through the backs until it reached Heffer, who put her foot down to cross in the left corner. Baldwin’s conversion fell short to leave the score at 24-0 to Kenilworth.
The visitors then extended their lead almost immediately, this time through full back Àngeles Rivero Pacho Second row Ada Ajoku got hold of the ball and broke through numerous tackles to gain good ground for her side. The ball was then recycled before making its way to Rivero Pacho who sped through the scrambling defence to score. Baldwin’s conversion attempt was wide of the mark but the visitors had done enough to secure a well deserved 29-0 victory.
The win means that Kenilworth Ladies finish their impressive year in style, securing their place at the top of the league in just their first season of competitive rugby.
Their year is not quite over however, with the Development side taking on Old Silhillians on Sunday afternoon in one final match before the festive break.