RUGBY: Newbold


Good win for 3rd XV over students

Newbold on Avon IIIs 48

Coventry University 12

On a grey and rather wet day Newbold welcomed the students of Coventry to Parkfield Road. The Newbold lads understood what they needed to do to counter the youth and speed of their opposition keep it tight first phase then look for opportunities wide once defenders were committed.

This went well in the early stages after a good initial drive with the forwards and backs involved Tom Yorston showed his trademark quick feet and rounded his opposite number for a fine score, conversion missed by Martin Shaw. John Cockerill made a break through the centre and the evergreen John Dixon was in the right place at the right time and scored under the posts this time Mr Shaw was successful with his kick.

The forwards had showed their determination not to miss tackles they then showed the youngsters how to srummage and from a turnover of possession Damien Gray went over in the corner after shrugging off a couple of tackles. The home side were now fully in control and were finding gaps all over the pitch, Luke Brown and Sean Quinn were gaining lots of yards bumping off defenders. John Cockerill and Tom Yorston grabbed a try apiece to finish off the first half one of these converted by Martin. HT 29-0

After some refreshments were taken onboard the changes were made with a welcome return for Carl Platt and Richard Bailey. Snowman also joined the fray and was soon charging through defenders creating gaps one of these was filled by the impressive Tom Yorston to complete his hat-trick. The students now going down the hill seem up for the challenge and came back with a couple of scores of their own after a couple of sloppy tackles.

John Powell put in a couple of big hits and the Newbold lads started to drive up the hill, Ben Pelling was instrumental in this drive and finished the move off after the ball travelling through half a dozen pairs of hands. Josh Wookey also scored a fine try on his come back game. The last score went to the visitors who converted. A good game played in good spirit.

The test will be more difficult next week with a league encounter away to Shipston on Stour. MOM Tom Yorston.