Evesham 36 Kenilworth 0
Midlands Two West (South)
EVESHAM captain Nathan Chambers declared “the benchmark has now been set for the season” after the Vale side’s superb victory over third placed Kenilworth on Saturday.
The Avonsiders’ third successive win lifted them three places to fifth and means, now 14 points above the bottom two with nine matches remaining, that fears of relegation have been very much eased.
Kenilworth, relegated last season, arrived confident of victory but were met by an Evesham side in determined mood following a week’s hard work and focused preparation.
Despite the wet conditions, Evesham were eager to demonstrate their intentions to their visitors and, fully motivated and engaged, came out of the blocks flying.
First half tries from Matthew Watson, Alex Jackson, David Barber and Rob Wilkes left the visitors stunned and from then on the outcome was never in doubt.
Chambers said: “Focusing on the set piece, we bullied Kenilworth and, when the opportunities arose, Mike Diston orchestrated his back line.
“The clear communication at half time was to continue to hassle and punish Kenilworth and this was shown with an immediate maul which resulted in James Roberts crossing for a try.
“With Kenilworth not managing to go navigate our defence, we camped deep in Kenilworth’s half for much of the second half and from another lineout drive Barber crossed for his second score.
“It was an all-round emphatic performance and the benchmark has now been set for the rest of the season.”
Evesham RFC photographer Roland Bailey said: “What a day! I have never seen the boys play like it.”
The Avonsiders host tenth placed Silhillians on Saturday.