Old Wheatleyans 17 Evesham 39
Midlands Three West (South)
AN EARLY blitz of tries set Evesham on their way to a bonus point victory on Saturday at an Old Wheatleyans side who are notoriously difficult to beat on their home soil.
In wet and windy conditions and against a home side with some problematic ball carriers, Evesham produced probably their best 20 minutes of rugby of the season to stun their hosts.
The visitors began magnificently well as they scored four tries within the first quarter courtesy of Ash Icke, Liam Lloyd (2) and Wilf Watson.
Unfortunately, with weather conditions deteriorating, the continued pressure could not be converted into points although Evesham did cross for one second half score from number 8 Mike Ainsworth.
Old Wheats crossed for three well worked tries of their own and continued to challenge throughout.
Ultimately, this was one for the purists on a very miserable winter’s day.
Evesham captain Zak Shotton said: “I thought the boys showed great intent early on. The way we approached the game, especially the opening stages, was very positive.
“Unfortunately the weather conditions did not allow us to fully enjoy and profit from a very dangerous attacking display.”
Evesham, who are up to fourth and within seven points of second placed Ledbury, play their final match of 2016 on Saturday (2.15pm) when they entertain Rugby St Andrews.