Tireless pack help drive Bold onto victory despite trying conditions

Newbold v Kidderminster
Newbold v Kidderminster

After a much improved performance last week ,there were high expectations versus the side at 3rd in the league before today and Newbold certainly came through this muddy, wet test at Parkfield Rd.

The Bold boys got into their stride quickly, but despite good driving play by their forwards, had nothing to show for their early superiority.

After 16 minutes, an attacking play was reversed with an interception pass via Andrews as the Kidderminster centre strolled under the posts to put his side 0-7 in front.

This revitalised Bold side quickly came back, with more good play through Mark Hyde, gaining the turnover and setting up great options for his side. The back row of Fereday, Hyde and Facer were involved in most of the plays and put enormous pressure on the visiting half backs. It was this pressure that led to Andrews being awarded a penalty that went just wide. Soon after, yet another driving maul led to a try for hooker Stu Houghton, who put his name to the excellent work of the Newbold 8. The conversion by Andrews from the touchline levelled the scores.

It was all Newbold now, their scrummage far superior to the Kiddi 8. Nick Walton and Eddie Allen, consistent as ever, and 2nd rows Tom Newbold, with the ever improving Ben Thompson all working hard and in great form.

It was evident though that Newbold must learn to take the chances created, as it was inevitable that just before half time, Kidderminster went ahead with a penalty to lead 7 -10.

Ben Harrison started the 2nd half off well as his strong run and kick to the corner took Newbold to just 20 metres out. More pressure on the visitors scrum resulted in a well deserved converted penalty try to give Newbold a 14 -10 lead. Another penalty brought Kiddi back to within 1 point. Despite being 2nd best at most phases, credit has to be given to Kiddi for hanging in there as it was all still to play for. More good play by Harrison, led to a penalty which Andrews just put wide. Newbold were back in the Kiddi 22 when a line out infringement led to Nick Walton and his opposite number being yellow carded, but Newbold were not to be denied.

It was another driving maul from the tireless Bold pack, that allowed fly half Ethan Wookey to touchdown, Andrews adding the 2 points to take Newbold to 21 -13.

It could have been any number of the Bold pack that took the MOM award, but nobody could disagree with the coaches choice of Nick Walton.

An excellent display, matching anything they have done so far this season, in heavy conditions sets Newbold up for what should be an interesting end to their season.