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Spirited Kings Norton close to ending Cheltenham's unbeaten run
10:58am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Kings Norton 30pts Cheltenham North 34
KINGS slipped to a narrow defeat at home to unbeaten Cheltenham North side who were given the fright of their lives in an entertaining and open game.
After 16 min’s of the Midlands Three West (North) clash left winger Jack Manners the North’s line for an unconverted try in the corner.
Kings lost influential second row Tom Hatfield with a knee injury. The next 15 mins play saw Kings repelling their visitors efforts and finally broke away with a fine run by Will Greenwood almost led to a second try.
North then conceded a penalty just short of the half way line and Ben Manners extended Kings lead by three points as his huge kick flew between the posts.
Following another penalty Manners the hit an upright before he was successful when Cheltenham were found offside.
As Kings maintained their attack Phil Stock seized upon a loose ball and a clever pass through a mêlée of players to the waiting Chris Hands saw the prop forward‘s mazy run through the visitors defence end in a great try which Manners easily converted.
North opened the second-half in determined fashion and after a period of pressure were awarded an easy penalty in front of the posts to open their account.
Twelve minutes later they broke through Kings defence and scored a good converted try as their forwards made a strong drive to the line.
It was now game on as Kings soon worked their way upfield and after winning a lineout, the ball was swiftly fed wide to Manners and his speed took him past the visitor’s defences to score a great try under the posts which his brother easily converted.
Chelt’s came back strongly and scored a good try in the corner before Kings again extended their lead when good work by Hands gave Kris Fenn the opportunity to crash through for an unconverted try and gain Kings a four-try bonus point.
With just 18 mins remaining this proved to be the final home score and the visitors worked hard to get back into the game and as the home side tired scored two quick tries one of which was converted.
A frantic last 10 mins saw Kings resolute defence stretched to the limits. Cheltenham stayed strong and scored a converted try in the final minute.
Kings continue their league programme on Saturday when they travel to Evesham who are still to record a win this season.
Kings Norton 2nds lost to Worcester 3rds in a merit table match 17–13 gaining a losing bonus point. Kings Norton 3rds lost at home to Kidderminster 4ths 12-0.
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