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Your News Kenilworth 22 - Worcester Wanderers 19

The narrowness of the winning margin does not reflect a much better all-round performance by Kenilworth, who dominated for the first three quarters of the game against the current pace-setters in Midlands One West. However, having built a healthy 22-5 lead going into the final quarter, they felt the full force of a spirited Worcester comeback, and were relieved to hear the final whistle, which signalled their first victory of the season (writes Bob Jones).

The home side were quickly out of the blocks and poured all over their visitors, but handling errors meant that several promising situations did not accrue points. The Wanderers were all at sea, and forced to concede a penalty, with an extra 10m for back-chat awarded by referee Paul Cassidy, saw the Ks move the ball wide to Andy Whitehall, who needed no second invitation to speed away for an unconverted try on eight minutes. Two minutes later, a fine kick-ahead by Russ Clarke and swift chase and catch by Nyle Beckett enabled an offload to the supporting Phil Dickson, who galloped over for a try, handing-off a suitor in fine style in the process. Tom Kendall added the extras. Gareth Renowden, who had earlier temporarily departed with a blood injury, was forced to permanently retire after 15 minutes, Rob Bennett replacing him. Bobby Thompson, who had an outstanding afternoon, then made the first of several storming runs, but was held up before he could get the touch-down. A neat punt to deep in Worcester territory by Jai Purewal led to an impressive drive by the home pack, with Jonny Cresswell in the van, but once more they were held up. As the half drew to a close, more pressure from the home side caused panic in the visitor's ranks. They conceded a penalty, which Kendall coolly dispatched, and made the score 15-0 at the interval.

The Wanderers were better organized at the start of the second half, and some good off-loads in the Kenilworth 22 needed desperate defensive measures. Following a penalty against Kenilworth for foot-up in the scrum, the ball was moved to wing Johnson, who nipped over in the corner for an unconverted try after 12 minutes. The home side responded well, building several phases but were guilty of kicking away too much possession in promising positions. Chris Wood embarked on a great run but the final pass went to ground, before a scrum near the Worcester line saw Thomson bullock his way over for a try, which Kendall converted on 23 minutes. Clearly stung, the visitors upped the ante, and were rewarded when centre Coombes threaded his way through the defence for a try that was converted by fly-half Price on 26 minutes. It was all hands to the pump for the Ks now, with a Clarke clearance kick saving one dangerous situation. However, the pressure told again. A penalty to the corner, followed by a driving maul enabled replacement Hines to cross for a try. Price added the conversion on 36 minutes, to set up a tense finale. This saw Kendall miss a penalty goal attempt and the Ks successfully keeping matters tight to deny the visitors another scoring opportunity.

Kenilworth: Muncaster, Cresswell (Capt), Dodd, Flowers Smith, Wood Dickson, Thompson, Renowden, Clarke, Beckett, Purewal, Noon, Whitehall, Kendall. Replacements: Bennett, Collett, Trafford.

Next Saturday (September 24th), Kenilworth are away to Stratford-upon-Avon. Kick-off is at 3pm.

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