23rd Sep, 2020

Evesham aim to topple leaders on back of routine victory

Liam Moakes 25th Jan, 2017 Updated: 26th Jan, 2017

Evesham 63 Bedworth 0

Midlands Three West (South)

BASEMENT boys Bedworth proved no match for Evesham who moved into third place with this convincing victory on Saturday.

The north Warwickshire side have fallen on hard times of late following last season’s relegation and it was evident as Evesham ran in nine tries to move above Shipston, who were beaten 16-15 at Manor Park.

It was a day to remember for Sam Hopkins who amassed a personal tally of 37 points through tries and kicking duties.

Evesham will now face a much sterner test of their credentials on Saturday when they visit leaders Droitwich, who have won all 13 league matches this season.

Droitwich were 35-19 winners at the riverside ground in October but know they will face an Evesham side determined to end their perfect record.

The match carries further significance as it is a dress rehearsal for the forthcoming Midlands Senior Vase final between the two Worcestershire sides, which will take place at Evesham on Saturday, March 18.

That tie is effectively a national quarter-final and the winners will be just one more victory away from booking a place in the national final at Twickenham.

EVESHAM U16s returned to winning ways on Sunday as they defeated spirited visitors Hereford 17-5.

After narrowly losing 31-26 at Woodrush the previous weekend, Evesham were keen to hit back, but they were made to work hard for victory at a cold and windy riverside ground.

Conditions were very challenging and handling mistakes tainted the match, although Evesham tried to play rugby.

Winger George McNally and fly half Owain Hann scored tries in the first half, although both conversions were missed.

Flanker James Cross sealed victory midway through the second half with a third Evesham try which Hann converted.

The Subway man of the match was centre James Hall.

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