Kidderminster 0

Whitchurch 34

WHITCHURCH Rugby Club has moved up to fourth in the Midlands League Division 1 West after a comprehensive away win to Kidderminster.

The first half of this game was as gloomy and wet as the weather.

It took the Reds 12 minutes to register their first points, a penalty from Danny Nicholas.

Then followed 20 minutes of a catalogue of poor decisions and handling by both sides before the improving visitors managed a try by Jack Furnival following a driving maul.

Nicholas converted to leave the score at 8-0 where it stayed until half-time.

The second-half was much improved and Whitchurch came flying out of the blocks to overwhelm the struggling home side.

It took less than five minutes for Whitchurch to score further when Steve Bloore performed his customary bulldozing act to cross close to the posts, with Nicholas converting.

Whitchurch were now well on top and it was only their own mistakes that prevented a cricket score.

It was then that stalwart, Henry Hockenhull, showed the others how to run straight lines and he scored two tries in two minutes.

The second try was a thing of beauty as Nicholas timed the pass to coincide with Hockenhull's cutting line to slice through the home defence like a hot knife through butter.

Robbie Leighton took over the kicking duties but narrowly missed the conversion.

The home side then pulled up their socks and started to exert pressure in the Whitchurch red zone but the indomitable defence from the Edgeley Park men held out.

The visitors finally broke the Kidderminster hearts when Jed Towers intercepted a pass close to his own line and ran the length of the field to score under the posts.

Leighton converted and Whitchurch sat back and saw the game out comfortably.