Droitwich beat Newbold just before Christmas, but discovered a very different side as Bold romped away, in a sparkling five-try display, at Parkfield Road in the last home league encounter of the season writes Alan Bale.
It was all Newbold from the off, as early pressure led to three early penalties, Glen Bond landing just one of them for a 3 - 0 lead.
More penalties awarded to the home side, resulted in a kick to the corner and a straightforward drive to the line, Ben Thompson, Tom Newbold and Mark Hyde all prominent, but it was that man Phil Reed who touched down. Bond converted for 10 - 0. Just about all the play was in the Droitwich half, and Newbold looked sharp, everyone looking to get involved.
With the scrum now under normal control, Nick Walton stamping his authority and putting in some huge tackles, the ball was recycled swiftly, finding its way to Bond to score the second try, adding the two points for 17 -0.
As the opportunities mounted, Danny Treharne, Dan Facer, KJ Henry, all linked well with Phil Reed, but it was Ben Thompson in support that scored the third try of the half, unconverted, but Newbold 22-0 up at half time.
Play continued in the second half, as in did it the first, mostly within the Droitwich 22, a charge down by Hyde, the ball moved out to KJ whose long pass found Rory Blood who finished it off with ease. A great score to confirm his coming of age and a fabulous way to earn his first team tie for his 20th appearance, this season. Bond missed the conversion, but the home side now clear at 27 -0
It was good to see Eddie Allen in the thick of the second half action, still celebrating the birth of his child and first son, but it was KJ Henry, who made a scintillating break of fully 60 metres, a number of Bold players on hand, but couldn’t quite make the line.
But the final word came from Dan Treharne who sprinted some 50 metres for Bolds’ fifth try to take the score to 35-0.
Glen Bond added a late penalty to make the final score 38 -0 and an extremely satisfying all round display - the first “clean slate” of the season. Any number of candidates for MOM, but pushed for a choice it would have to be Ben Thompson.
Newbold are looking forward to their last league game at Leamington this week, the coach leaves Newbold at around noon for a 3pm kick off.