RUGBY UNION - Alcester cruise to Burbage win - The Stratford Observer

RUGBY UNION - Alcester cruise to Burbage win

Stratford Editorial 4th Oct, 2022   0

ALCESTER RFC celebrated their annual Vice President’s Day with a comprehensive 45-14 bonus point win against Burbage.

Mark Burrell and Alex Chiles both crossed twice with Kyran Flynn, Ed Gough and Jack Green also touching down in a seven-try success.

Alcester sit top of the Counties 2 Midlands West (South) table having won all five of their matches this season and are the only unbeaten team remaining in the division.

Alcester extended their unbeaten run to five games at the weekend with a bonus point victory over Burbage, 45-14.

However, Burbage took the lead from kick off as the visitors scored a converted try as they attempted to spoil Alcester’s special day.

And Burbage punished Alcester’s slow start again soon after with their second converted try as the visitors threatened to run away with the contest.

The home side were spurred on by the large crowd and eventually troubled the scoreboard when Burrell finished out wide after some sustained pressure on the Burbage line.

Burbage had a chance to extend their lead with a penalty just shy of halfway only for the kick to fall short of the posts.

However, Alcester turned the game on its head before the break as Flynn scored their second try before Chiles intercepted a floated pass and raced away to score to hand the home side a 19-14 lead at the interval.

And Alcester picked up where they off after the break as Gough chipped ahead only for the ball to bounce back off the post and into the path of Gough who gathered and scored before converting his own try.

Chiles and Burrell both crossed for their respective second tries as Alcester put themselves in command with Burbage beginning to tire.

Green touched down Alcester’s seventh and final try of the afternoon after an excellent kick and chase from Christian Rushton saw him gather the ball metres from the Burbage line.

Alcester are next in action away at Claverdon on Saturday, October 15 with kick-off at 3pm at Ossetts Hole Lane.

The second team also secured a convincing victory with a 46-7 win at home to Shottery as they ran in seven tries of their own.

Veteran Robbie Parker scored twice and was also awarded a Life Membership for his playing services to the club which spans almost 30 years on the pitch.

Ieuan Hopkin also scored two, whilst Luke Spencer, Steve Mason and Ollie Hopkins were all on the scoresheet as Glynn Smith successfully kicked a penalty and four conversions.


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