Evesham 36 Old Leamingtonians 5
Midlands Three West (South)
A POWERFUL and clinical second half performance proved enough for Evesham to secure an important bonus point win over Old Leamingtonians on Saturday.
The success cemented second place for the Albert Road side – who remain a point behind leaders Southam with a game in hand – as the top four all eased to victories.
Difficult conditions meant neither team fully capitalised on pressure or field position in the first half as, whenever the attacking team entered the opposition half, poor execution or lack of concentration scuppered points-scoring opportunities.
The opening score came in the 20th minute following good, aggressive defence from the Evesham back line.
Centres Wilf Watson and Mike Diston tracked their men before knocking them backwards, forcing the ball to be spilled, and ever-present No 8 Zak Bailey then pounced on the loose ball and kicked it ahead several times before collecting and dotting down.
Sam Hopkins notched the conversion and a subsequent penalty to give Evesham a 10-0 lead.
A good spell of pressure through continued driving mauls and pick and gos saw Old Leams cross for a score of their own to halve their arrears.
Evesham knew they had more to give and the team rallied and kicked on to produce an energetic and decisive second half.
Four more unanswered tries from Josh Sands, Rob Wilkes, a penalty try and another from Bailey sealed a comfortable victory.
Credit must go to the Warwickshire side who contributed to an exciting and tough game but, unfortunately for them, injuries in key areas disrupted their display and proved costly.
Evesham visit promotion rivals Ledbury on Saturday for a Midlands Senior Vase quarter-final tie.
EVESHAM U15s enjoyed another away win on Sunday as they triumphed 36-22 at Cheltenham.
The visitors played into a strong wind in the first half but still managed to reach the break with a 10-5 lead.
In the second half Evesham cut through their hosts with more regularity and, whilst Cheltenham defended well and offered a threat at the other end, the outcome was not in doubt.
Try-scorers for Evesham were prop Jamie Malin, centre Felix Shears (2), No 8 James Cross, centre Josh Sellick and full back Harrison Walker. Owain Hann successfully converted three of the six tries in difficult conditions.