Top of the table, three bonus-point victories out of three
Midlands 1 East
Newbold on Avon 45
Newbold entertained local rivals and newly promoted Lutterworth at Parkfield Road. With a number of personnel changes Lutterworth started the stronger of the two sides with their quick backs causing the home team problems, writes Stuart McGill.
This was not helped by too many high and missed tackles by Newbold. It was from one of Lutterworth’s attacks that they scored in the corner again from missed tackles in defence, but failed with the conversion.
With 15 minutes played Newbold finally settled into a pattern of play. Newbold won a lineout ten metres out and from this they drove forward with prop Ben Dawes leading the charge, but just being brought down inches from the line. Lutterworth were then able to clear the danger.
From the resulting line out Lutterworth were caught offside. Ethan Wookey stepped up to kick the penalty. Newbold started to put the ball through the hands and from a great catch and offload by James McGill to Ed Scott, who beat two defenders, found Phil Reed on his inside to score a great backs try. Ethan Wokey added the extra points.
More ball handling errors allowed Lutterworth to respond quickly with a penalty under the Bold posts for offside, but their kicker managed to hit the upright and Newbold were able to clear the danger.
Lutterworth, however, scored a try from the resulting line out on the Bold five-metre line. This now made the score 10-10. Newbold then were awarded a penalty after another driving run from Ben Dawes in midfield which Ethan Wokey converted to give the lead back to Newbold.
Straight from the kick off Newbold failed to clear their defence and were turned over in the corner. The ball was spun wide through their backs and they scored in the opposite corner, adding the conversion giving a lead of 17-10 back to Lutterworth right on half time.
Stern words must have been spoken at half time because Newbold came out all guns blazing. The Bold forwards won quick ball for scrum half Declan George to release his backs. Wokey placed an inch-perfect cross-field kick for winger Manny Sidhu to score in the clubhouse corner. Lutterworth responded immediately after again missed tackles by the Bold allowed the away side to score a converted try, giving the lead back to Lutterworth 18-24.
With the game ebbing and flowing the game changed after an altercation between the forwards saw Ben Nuttall sinbinned. The Bold now started to exert pressure up front with Nick Walton, Danny Facer and Ben Dawes all making great runs into the Lutterworth defence.
Great ball handling saw the Bold backs spin the ball wide to give Reed another try under the posts, which Wookey converted to regain the lead at 25-24.
Reed had another try disallowed for a foot in touch after another powerful run by Manny. The Bold now had their tails up as Lutterworth started to tire and the Bold took control of the game.
Newbold scored probably their best try of the game from a five-metre scrum when they worked a planned backs move from which Reed scored another try with Wookey converting for 35-24.
Sustained pressure from the Bold allowed Nick Walton to score from close range. With the score now 40-24 Newbold had enough time to add a final try and again a great backs move found Lloyd Warner in open space to cross for an easy try.
Newbold can be satisfied with their second half performance, adding a third bonus-point win. This was a tough test for Newbold but tougher games will surely come.
This Saturday Newbold are away in the leagueo to Market Rasen & Louth.