Rampant Newbold put Upton on a down

Action from Saturdays match at Parkfield Road.''Newbold v Upton On Severn.
Action from Saturdays match at Parkfield Road.''Newbold v Upton On Severn.

Although opponents Upton, visited Parkfield Rd rooted firmly to the bottom of the table, they travelled on the back of a superb 28 -0 victory v Dunlop the previous week, so this game could certainly not be taken for granted.

This proved to be the case, as a rampant Newbold, worked extremely hard, but then earned their 8 try victory with a fantastic, all round display.

An early penalty in the first minute, for Joss Andrews, resulting from early pressure took Bold quickly out of the starting blocks. This momentum then saw the forwards carry the ball through a couple of phases, debutant KJ Henry made a break and as the ball was recycled once more, Reed went in under the posts as Andrews converted for 10 - 0. As they so often do, Newbold took their foot off the gas and Centre Cock, exploited some missed tackles to pull back a try for 10 - 5.

The familiar, powerful scrum led to Andrews 2nd penalty(13 -5), but the fly half missed another opportunity soon after. With most of the play in Uptons half, due to excellent work by the pack and a number of turnovers by the hardworking Sean Fereday and Mark Hyde, Bold were always on top and not in any danger. The only chance Upton created, was rewarded with a penalty which went wide, but Newbold replied after a fine break by Ben Harrison resulted in a well deserved try for Tom Newbold, Andrews added the 2 points for a 20 -5 lead.

The Back row of Fereday, Facer & Hyde were prominent at the breakdown again and a late tackle on Fereday allowed Andrews to take play to 5 metres out. The ball was = moved swiftly through the back line for Henry to score his first try for the club, Andrews conversion took the score to 27 -5 at the break.

Well on top in the scrums, meant plenty of good ball, Upton continued to work hard, but only had a missed penalty to show for it. After more pressure by the visiting team, it was youngster Rory Blood who took an interception and raced 75 metres only to be tackled on the line, however his awareness of the support close by, enabled Andrews to stroll over for the bonus points try which he converted for 34 -5.

James McGill then got in on the act and his sprint took him to the Upton 22, the ball being played out to Phil Reed to score his 2nd, once more converted by Andrews for 41 - 5. Even a yellow card for Mark Hyde, after a handling offence in a ruck couldnt stop Blood from making the most of some sloppy Upton passing as he sped another 60 metres, and finally made it over the line for another converted score and 48 - 5. Further turnover ball secured by Fereday, a powerful run by Nick Walton, good support by 2nd row Mick Pails and Stu Houghton ended with Jon Richards crashing over, Andrews adding 2 points for 55-5. Ben Hartwells return lasted fully 5 minutes as he was harshly yellow carded and allowed Upton to create a few chances in the last few minutes, but resolute defending By Richards and Blood kept them out.

There was still time for a Newbold response as Henry broke to the Upton 22, to be supported by that man Andrews who converted his own score and take the Home side to 62-5. Upton scored in the last few seconds, but there was no denying a fabulous all round newbold performance . Final score 62 -10, but MOM had to go to Joss Andrews for his overall contribution and points tally of 37.

Next week’s opponents see high flying Old Laurentians make the short journey across town to Parkfield Rd for their rearranged league encounter, a large crowd is expected, so do come early, this game promises to be a cracker.