RFU Intermediate Cup Round 2 Newbold on Avon 57
Stewarts & Lloyds 5
Newbold were expecting a tough encounter for the visit of Midlands Senior Vase holders Stewarts & Lloyds, writes Paul Bale.
However, it turned out to be easier than they thought despite fielding a much-changed line-up from the team which defeated Leamington the week before.
S&L started the game kicking with the wind but Newbold went on the offensive.
After 10 minutes of sustained pressure and driving mauls the ball was passed out to the marauding KJ Henry who broke through the stretched defence to crash over.
Glenn Bond missed the conversion but his second attempt was more successful when a penalty increased the lead to 8 - 0.
A silly chip gave away possession and offered S&L the chance to enter the Newbold 22 for the first time.
Sustained pressure kept Newbold pinned near their goalline and the penalties mounted.
However, a determined defensive effort kept them out and Bold were soon back in control.
Danny Facer’s turn of pace made 45 yards to set up an attack with the help of Henry.
He spotted Rich Allen on his shoulder who took the pass to score. Bond made it 15-0.
And he was the next man over profiting from a stolen lineout to score close to the posts and add the extras.
Shaun Pollard set up their fourth try when taking a high ball and accelerating back into attack, he fed Phil Reed who dummied his would-be tackler and scored out wide.
Conversion added it was S&L who then had their moment from a quick tap penalty to break their duck but that was their last celebration.
Bold’s response was immediate. A long kick into the opposition 22, a catch-and-drive and then Declan George, combined with Bond to send Allen over.
Bond converted again, as he did soon after when Henry raced forward through several tacklers before unloading to Pollard to go under the posts.
Newbold were now rampant as the opposition heads began to fall.
The kick-off again well secured was fed out along the whole back line with Ethan Wookey taking the final pass.
If S&L thought their suffering was over they were wrong as James McGill scooped up a loose ball and sprinted 50 yards before drawing the fullback in and passing to George on his shoulder to score out wide.
Bond again added the conversion for a personal tally of 22 points.
On Saturday, Newbold entertain Malvern at Parkfield Road in what could be a tough league game.