Action from Parkfield Road - by Mike Baker
Midlands 2 West (South)
Nuneaton Old Eds 0
A week’s rest seemed to have helped Newbold, as they played this game in such a high tempo from the first whistle to the last that Old Eds couldn’t stay with it, writes Alan Bale.
In just the first couple of minutes it was Phil Reed’s dummy from near the breakdown that made space for Rich Allen, who glided through some 45 metres before being tackled. He popped the ball to Declan George who just had to touch the ball down. Lloyd Warner converted and Newbold were 7-0 up.
A set move from the scrum orchestrated by Joss Andrews made space for Rich Allen again who sprinted away from the defence before passing back inside to Andrews to score under the posts, Warner converted for 14-0.
It was the turn of the forwards as KJ Henry picked up, supported by Micky Pails and Mark Hyde before Joss Andrews kick was caught by skipper Danny Facer to touch down, Warner converted for 21 -0.
Newbold’s total dominance enabled Danny Treharne to pick up, his powerful break took play back into Old Eds half. There was no keeping Rich Allen away for long, as he broke through again, finding Ethan Wookey, who was tackled just short and the ball was bundled into touch.
It was only a brief respite as from the following lineout, Bold powered over as Micky Pails came up with the ball for the fourth bonus-point try and the score 26-0 at half time.
Danny Facer led the way at the start of the second half, supported by Eddie Allen and Ben Dawes to put Newbold straight back into the Old Eds’ 22.
Newbold went through a number of phases before the ball went along the line. Shaun Pollard’s tremendous pick-up and pass to Ethan Wookey resulted in a score wide out for the next unconverted try, 31-0. Lloyd Warner then broke away up the wing, Reed spun the ball out to Joss Andrews, who skilfully exploited the wide open space, and sprinted away some 50 metres for the next score, Warner converted for 38-0.
Newbold drove the ball up the middle, Phil Reed burst through, supported by Danny Facer to touch down, Warner converted and it was 45-0.
It summed up Old Eds’ day as at the first time they entered the Newbold half, they were awarded a penalty from just outside the 22, in front of the posts, opted to kick it and missed.
There was no let up as Andrews received the ball, and dummied his way through to score under the posts, Warner converted for 52 -0. The next score was just about touched by every player as Newbold were able to run almost from their own line, finding its way back to Rich Allen for a brilliant score, converted by Warner for 59-0.
Now running the ball at every opportunity, attacking from their own line, it was Warner who broke up the left in the excitement of his home nation’s achievements, to touch down, wide out, a little too tired to make the conversion, but the score now 64-0.
A final attack from their own line, through Ricki Lee, Ben Nuttall and Stu Houghton then found Tom Grimmett who galloped over under the posts for the final score, once more converted by Warner for 71-0. Myself and the scoreboard agreed with the score, but the ref couldn’t and for some reason concluded that the final score was 67-0.
This was simply a superb all round performance by the Parkfield Road side. This Saturday there is a short journey to Old Coventrians, a game that will not be taken for granted, as Old Covents will be a strong side at home and will want to put on a show for their own vice presidents. Supporters, please do your best to get over to the game for a 3pm kick off and add your support. A win next week will set up one of the biggest, most important games seen in Rugby for many years. But let’s get this next victory under our belts first.