RUGBY: Newbold 3rds take on undefeated league leaders

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Tremendous effort by Parkfield Road side

Leamington IIs 32

Newbold IIIs 22

Newbold travelled the short distance to face the undefeated league leaders Leamington. The conditions were heavy under foot and the wind was blowing down the slope, the Captain lost the toss and the home team decided to take the advantage and inflict some early damage on the visitors. It was clear from the start that the younger and eager second team were going to be difficult to hold but the visitors stuck to their task well. Good tackling in midfield by John Cockerill and Shaun Quinn steamed the tide but it was wasn’t long before the Leamington backs saw the gaps in the scramble defence and two quick scores followed both converted.

Newbold were struggling to come to terms with the pace of the home side and scrum time didn’t help with the Newbold pack under heavy pressure. The line out did operate with Gurjit having another fine game helped by the excellent throwing of Connor Brown. The home side scored again after what looked like a knock on this time the conversion was missed. This seemed to galvanise the Newbold desire and a sweeping move with the ball flowing through a number of sets hands for Ed Scott to finish off with Martin Shaw converting. HT 19-7.

During the half time discussion the belief seemed to enter the visitos helped by the fact the elements were now all in their favour they set off at pace to turn things around. This seemed to be going according to plan with the open side of Leamington finally being put in the sin bin for ten minutes for persistent killing of the ball. The kick to the corner was missed and the game was soon back in the Newbold half after a huge drive the home side were awarded a try which they thought would be the end of the game but again the visitors came back. After a kick and chase by Owen Evans, Newbold were awarded a penalty and a quick tap allowed Damo to score and again this was converted by Martin Shaw.

Another penalty in front of the posts drew the visitors to within touching distance with 20 minutes to go and the game was there for the winning.

The Newbold side were carrying injuries, some of the players wanted to leave the pitch but were persuaded to stay on as long as possible to try and end the league leaders proud record but in the end another score by the home side really put paid to this brave effort. Ed Scott did mange another score in the corner to finish off an excellent game for the youngster on his road back to full fitness. The effort of the Newbold players present was tremendous and for the sake of a bigger bench the win could have happened. MOM John Cockerill.

Newbold have a home fixture in the league against Shipston next Saturday.