Midlands 2 West (South)
Newbold on Avon 71
Old Coventrians 3
All four sides playing at home lined up together and observed a minute’s silence, as a tribute to Paul ‘Milky’ Marriott, as his wife Sandra and his family looked on. A tiny gesture at a hugely sad time.
Newbold attacked from the off and as the ball popped out of the side of a breakdown, KJ Henry picked up, ran through the gap and scored a straightforward try, after just a couple of minutes, writes Alan Bale.
Ethan Wookey converted as Newbold went 7-0 up.
Coventrians knocked over a penalty, which was to be their own response few minutes later.
Ricky Lee sped down the wing, as the ball was recycled through the line, it found Rich Allen who stepped inside the cover and gave Wookey a simple conversion for 14-3.
Ben Dawes then combined with Dan Facer and Dan Treharne before the ball once more found Rich Allen, who danced his way over the line, Wookey converted and it was 21-3.
Newbold’s pack delivered an extremely powerful performance at both scrum and line out from the off, and it’s immensely satisfying to have players like Eddie Allen, arguably their best scrummager, ready to come on, but daunting for any opposition.
Newbold secured their fourth try and the bonus point as Joss Andrews picked up from scrum half and dummied through the gap to score, with Wookey converting for 28-3.
Micky Pails and Mark Hyde then drove the ball on, as the ball was held up near the line.
Declan George spun the ball wide to Phil Reed who scored the fifth try, once more converted by Wookey for 35-3.
The damage displayed by the pack in the first half resulted in passive scrummaging, which did take some advantage away, but only for a few minutes as Lloyd Warner handed off and scored out wide, Wookey missed the two-pointer and it was 40-3.
It was all Newbold as Wookey scored two minutes later and the 50 points achieved straight after that, as Phil Reed scored his second, Wookey converted for 52-3.
The ball being spun wide at every opportunity now, Joss Andrews scored his second and it was his smart kick through for Ben Nuttall to pick up from a short way out and drive over, Wookey converted as the score went to 64-3.
Newbold secured their biggest win of the season as Ben Dawes deservedly dived over in the last seconds, Wookey converting for 71-3.
Newbold now move to within a point of the league leaders, but with a far superior points difference, so sit in an excellent position as we just about reach the half way point in the season.