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Kings rule roost over neighbours
6:09pm Wednesday 20th February 2013 in Sport
Kings Norton 38, Woodrush 10
KINGS Norton grabbed the local bragging rights with a convincing derby win over their relegation battling local rivals.
Victory ended Norton’s four match losing sequence and lifted them to fifth in the Midlands Three West (South).
But defeat means Woodrush, who are fourth-from-bottom, were unable to move away from the relegation zone.
The hosts grabbed an early try when a Jack Fairhurst break allowed captain Chris Carlin to touch down and then kick the conversion.
Woodrush hit back in the sixth minute with a good try from Lucas Hooper following a well-worked move.
Although the conversion was missed, the visitors had their tails up and continually pressurised the Kings for the next 15 minutes.
During this period the hosts conceded a penalty close to their posts but Woodrush, who were missing reliable kicker Steve Smart, failed to take the chance.
Kings finally worked their way out of the Woodrush stranglehold and one Tom Hatfield drive took the Ash Lane club deep into the visitor’s territory.
It was now the visitors turn to defend a sustained period of Norton forward drives but they eventually cleared their lines with a long range punt.
Kings came back strongly and gained a penalty when Woods entered the ruck illegally.
Scrum-half Shane Rees took a tap-penalty and sprinted unopposed over the line for the hosts second try. Carlin again added the extras.
Prop Craig Freeman then broke from the back of a rolling maul to score Kings’ third but the long range conversion attempt was wide of the mark.
Woodrush responded with a great run down the wing by Ed Lerner to score an unconverted try in the corner to reduce the half-time arrears to 19-10.
Although the visitors contested well throughout the second period they were unable to break down the home defence.
Just six minutes into the half with Woodrush on the attack, man-of-the-match prop Kris Fenn intercepted a pass on halfway and won the race to the line to score under the posts. Carlin popped the the extras.
The visitors worked tirelessly to breakdown Kings’ stout defence without success and succumbed to two further scores when Hatfield and Fairhurst crashed over.
Norton entertain sixth-placed Evesham on Saturday, while Woodrush travel to Ledbury in a vital relegation scrap.
The Herefordshire side are second-from-bottom but just four points below the Wythall-based outfit.
Meanwhile, Kings Norton seconds beat their Woodrush counterparts 38-5.