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Kings dethroned after collapse
12:15pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
KINGS Norton crashed to a 41-14 defeat at Southam in Midlands Three West South Division after surrendering an interval lead.
There was nothing to suggest a second-half collapse as Kings made a promising start and took the lead when Hatfield drove over to score with Manners adding the conversion.
Southam responded with an unconverted try before Hatfield powered over for his second which Manners again improved.
Hosts Southam snatched a second unconverted try right on the stroke of half-time as Kings led 14-10.
The second period was nothing short of a disaster for Kings as Southam went onto score five more tries, three of which were converted.
Poor decision making coupled with equally poor tackling in the backs allowed Southam to cut loose, three of their tries arriving from interceptions.
Kings will require a marked improvement this Saturday when they host Market Drayton at Hopwood Park in the RFU Senior Vase.
n Alcester lost their opening Midlands Division Four West (South) contest with Atherstone 31-20 at Kings Coughton.
The hosts made an excellent startas fly-half Jamie Randall slotted over a penalty before teenage winger Ryan Clark raced over for a try. Randall converted.
Atherstone responded with a controversial converted try, which looked suspiciously offside, but Alcester soon restored their advantage when skipper Joe Sears raced over from a tap penalty, before Atherstone narrowed the gap to 15-12 at half time with a second try.
An indisciplined second-half saw six players yellow carded as Atherstone’s pack took control.
Another excellent try from Clark couldn’t save Alcester as Atherstone finished on top.
Alcester’s seconds lost 36-7 to Evesham thirds.
n Redditch took on Claverdon in a friendly where they used the game to work on a number of moves.
Tom Saddington and Mark Green both grabbed a hat-trick of tries, while Phil Goddard, Bryn Williams and David Ingram added their names to the scoresheet as well.
Redditch travel to Greyhounds on Saturday in the RFU Junior Vase.
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