RUGBY: Good win for Newbold at bottom-club Kidderminster

At home to second-placed Lichfield this weekend

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:17 pm
Updated Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:17 pm
James McGill going over for one of his three tries

Pictures by Steve Smith

Midlands 1 West: Kidderminster 12 Newbold on Avon 38

Newbold travelled to bottom of the table Kidderminster with once again a changed team.

Josh Cooke

Micky Pails was a last-minute replacement for injured skipper Ben Thompson and fitted seamlessly into a well-drilled Bold pack. Ben Dawes took over the captain’s duties. Reiss Boon was in at scrum half and Sam Powell on the wing.

Dan O’Brien kicked an early penalty, but the home side came back with a try.

Newbold’s pack began to dominate and after a series of powerful scrums the ball was let out to Josh Cooke who made a telling break and offloaded to James McGill who powered over in the corner O’Brien’s conversion made it 10-5 to the Bold at half time.

Newbold started the second half with some strong carries, Ben Dawes,Wes Hallam and Tom Dixon making the hard yards and a well worked try by McGill made it 17-5, O’Brien converting.

Ben Dawes with Micky Pails and Eddie Allen behind

Kidderminster came back with a try, which spurred Newbold back into action and Rudi Reid charged down a clearance kick to pick up and power his way over. Ethan Wookey converted, 12-24.

The Bold were now well on top and Ben Dawes smashed through defence. After selling an outrageous dummy he passed inside to McGill who ran in to celebrate his hat-trick, converted by Wookey.

Play moved into injury time and Kidderminster to their credit were pressing to have the final score only to see a loose pass picked up by Rudi Reid and from 80 metres out ran and fended off would-be tackles to score between the posts.

This capped off a fine individual performance. Wookey converted in the final play of the game, 12-38 to the Bold.

This weekend Lichfield are the visitors to Parkfield Road.