Evesham 10 Coventrians 3
Midlands Four West (South)
EVESHAM earned a hard fought victory over a tough Coventrians side on Saturday to cement their four-point advantage over third placed Claverdon.
With spring conditions emerging, the day was poised for some excellent running rugby, and Evesham started brightly, moving the ball with purpose and cutting some strong running lines.
This early pressure resulted in the visitors infringing at the breakdown and Sam Hopkins fired a penalty over for a 3-0 lead.
Unfortunately for the spectators, this is where the first half’s excitement ended, as scrum after scrum after scrum ensued until the half time whistle went.
The Evesham game plan was clear at the break, to tidy up and protect their own ball and look to execute at a more clinical standard.
Following a scrum in the middle of the pitch, fly half Michael Diston saw the opposition full back defending the blind side and he seized the opportunity presented and placed a deft chip kick over the oncoming defence.
The ball was gathered by Sam Huckvale who found his centre partner Ashley Icke to run the try home. A simple conversion slotted by Hopkins stretched Evesham’s lead to 10-0.
Unable to fully push on from this score, the game slipped back into the routine of scrum restarts. With the second half clock being eroded, much the same as the first, the game lost its rhythm.
The final stages of the game saw Coventrians attack Evesham with great intent as they sensed their opportunity of the points on offer and pressed hard.
Following infringement at the breakdown, the away side managed to convert a penalty kick to make the score 10-3.
The Coventry side continued to probe the Evesham defence and, with some big strike runners, the latter stages of the game proved very testing.
Fortunately, the home side’s defence remained intact and strong.
With lessons needing to be learnt after a somewhat below-par performance, Evesham now look to the coming weeks.
With promotion still to be earned and a cup semi-final to play, the hard work continues for the second placed squad, who travel to Coventry Welsh on Saturday.