RUGBY PICTURES: Scratch Newbold 3rds too strong - in 2nd team cup!

Pinley concede after an hour with score 60-7

PICTURES BY MIKE BAKER

Ryan Campbell scored four tries in the Crusaders' win over Pinley

Ryan Campbell scored four tries in the Crusaders' win over Pinley

Warwickshire Second Team Cup

Newbold Crusaders v Pinley 2nds - Round 2

For the second time in a month Pinley came up against the might of Newbold, this time in the 2nd Team Cup after losing in the league to Newbold’s 3rds on the first day of the season 21-17!

This time the 3rds picked up the 2nd team game with a severely depleted side.

Luke Brown in the cup game at Parkfield Road

Luke Brown in the cup game at Parkfield Road

With only 14 players available on Saturday morning calls were made and a few old faces made an appearance. Kit, Dave Christian and Flapper lining up alongside debutants Alex McDermott, Toby and Reece Powell. With Richard Kirby at 9, Kevin Mills at 12 and Gurg at 14 it was a real scratch side.

But two minutes in and a mistake from Pinley’s Nathan and Newbold pounced, Ryan Campbell down the wing, 5-0. Six minutes in and RC scored again 12-0 and on eight minutes a penenalty by Martin Shaw made the score 15-0 and it was looking familiar for the travelling Pinley.

After 12 minutes debutant Toby dived over, 22-0 and on 21 mins RC made it a hat-trick for 29-0.

A try in the corner from David Dingley on 32 minutes took the score to 34-0. Then, even though he tried to avoid it, Flapper was through, with pace in his legs and determination in his eyes, between the posts, 41-0 just before the break.

Neil Underhill - 'Flapper' on his way to a try for Newbold

Neil Underhill - 'Flapper' on his way to a try for Newbold

Half time and with the hill and wind behind their backs, the Bold looked to run in easy winners, a few changes and a welcome return for Luke Brown saw him score a brace to take it to 53-0 after 54 minutes.

Pinley shellshocked and beaten, still refused to let their heads drop and continued to plug away until main man Nathan hit his stride as they were rewarded with a consolation try.

But the Crusaders had the final say with RC running in his fourth of the day to take it to 60-7! Too much for Pinley who conceded on 60 minutes and opted for an early exit.

Another fantastic, spirited, dedicated and impressive performance from Newbold’s 3rd Team. When the Pinley Captain shakes his head and says: “That was a weakened 3rd team in the 2nd team cup..... How can we compete with that?” we know as a club we have strength in depth to rival any club within 100 miles.