Claverdon 45 Tenbury 0
Midlands Four West (South)
THE LIONS chalked up their second win of the campaign against struggling Tenbury on Saturday, writes Charlie Byrd.
The outcome was never in doubt and the hosts got the ball rolling when Harry Cox nailed a kick to touch to put Claverdon in Tenbury’s half. The Lions secured the ball and went through the phases before Sam Turrell scored following a 30m run.
A similar score soon followed as Tom Johnson provided the finishing touch and the hosts oozed confidence as their pack were doing exactly what they needed to with Lewis Woodfield, James Barton and Steve Grimsley giving Tenbury real problems in the lineout and in the loose which was causing havoc.
Paul Stacey was also having a strong game until he unfortunately had to go off because of an injury to the knee – a big loss to the team – and all wish him a speedy recovery.
The third try arrived after the ball had gone through half a dozen pairs of hands and Bill Whetton had the honour of dotting down and the fourth came following a scrum near the Tenbury line when Barton picked up the ball and finished off a solo effort at full stretch.
Claverdon scored their try of the season so far to begin the second half scoring and after offloads galore James Williams unselfishly put Johnson in for his second try with a simple two-on-one in the corner.
The Lions had to produce some impressive defence on a couple of occasions to prevent Tenbury tries before number six Barton finished proceedings with two more tries to clinch his hat-trick.
Turrell was named man of the match following his maiden first team try and fine tackling.
An ‘A’ game takes place on Saturday when the Claverdon 1st and 2nd teams combine. League action resumes on October 14 with a visit to Bedworth.