RUGBY: Newbold

Victory over Redditch and Vets end season with a draw

Midlands West 3 (South)

Newbold on Avon 75

Redditch 0

With Newbold already promoted and Redditch mid table, safe from relegation it would have been understandable if both sides merely went through the motions.

However, with Newbold starting their strongest 15, knowing that places for the semi-final in the National Vase Competition have not been finalised, every player had to perform. As early as the second minute Newbold attacked the visitors’ line, forcing a hasty clearance, Mark Hyde rose in the lineout, quickly feeding Danny Facer who charged through to touch down under the posts, Dan O’Brien adding the first conversion on his way to a personal tally of 20 points.

The restart found its way to O’Brien whose almighty kick caused Redditch all kinds of problems and after a move involving Tom Clarke and Jamie Ferriss, Stuart Houghton’ cheeky little dummy allowed him space to make it 14-0.

Danny Treharne, making one of his rare starts, was in outstanding form adding a brace of tries created from almost nothing. Ben Harrison scored with an amazing burst of pace. Redditch were out played in every department, as tries started to come form every area of the pitch, Mark Hyde and Paddy Cunningham next on the scoresheet. O’Brien’s goal kicking was superb, managing every kick bar one for 47–0 at half time.

Redditch had no answer to the speed and power of the Newbold 15 and further tries were added by Harrison, his second of the game, Tom Clarke, whose superb 30 yard dash was only equalled by substitute Mikey Bullock, who added a further brace for himself. A cracking team performance. Every player including the subs added to the game,

On Saturday Newbold travel to Woodrush for their penultimate league game knowing this is their last opportunity to impress the selectors who will have to make their final decision as to who will represent Newbold in the National Vase semi final against Littleborough in Rochdale.

A win here will see the victors competing in the final played at Twickenham.

If ever you needed an excuse for getting behind your team, now is the chance to do it. The vocal support of the Newbold fans is always worth points on the board. Remember Newbold are just ONE game from Twickenham.

Sutton Coldfield III 15

Newbold III/Vets 15

After a long a successful season Newbold Vets travelled to their closest rivals for the last Warwickshire 3 league game. Newbold arrived to the usual sight of a very young Sutton side warming up with an hour to go to kick off.

The game started at a hectic pace and the Vets defended stoutly. Sutton opened the scoring after some poor tackling, 5-0. This seemed to kick Newbold into life and the game evened up. Sutton added well struck penalty but the set piece was shared – Bold’s older, more experienced forwards dominating the scrums and Sutton taking the majority of line out ball. Newbold then had a sustained period of pressure culminating in a well worked try, converted by youngster Ethan in his first outing for the Vets. Mick Asquith went close in the corner after some strong running from Old Lloyd and Young Ed. Half Time 8-7.

After plenty of water and a couple of changes Newbold started strongly. Bully and Spooky were to the fore and after running through the phases Isaac went over to put the Bold ahead for the first time. Doc’s first start of the season lifted Newbold further and the hunt was on for the winning try. Sutts scrum half sustained a serious injury and the game was stopped for half an hour to allow him to be treated. It took Newbold a while to get going again and Sutton took full advantage to make it 15-12.

With their pride dented, Bold went on the rampage and a penalty awarded was the result. Captain Chopper was told ‘last play’ and Ethan dispatched the ball through the posts. 15-15 draw not ideal but a fair result.

The Bold skipper gathered his weary troops to give them a massive pat on the back after an excellent season. Champions in a tough league, the team has a never say die attitude which has resulted in impressive playing stats of played 19, won 16, lost 2 and drawn 1. With several youngsters making appearances over the course of the season and the prospect of a few more for the next campaign, Bold’s remaining old boys can relish the prospect of another tough and enjoyable season to come.