Fightback not enough to earn young Alcester side a win at Barton under Needwood (From Redditch Advertiser)
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Fightback not enough to earn young Alcester side a win at Barton under Needwood
12:58pm Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Barton under Needwood 36 Alcester 14
ALCESTER’S young side tasted defeat on their first ever trip to Barton in Midlands Division Four West (South) despite a spirited second-half fightback.
The King’s Coughton outfit travelled with renewed confidence following last week’s fine cup win, but also depleted in numbers due to late withdrawals owing to illness.
At half time they trailed 33-0 as Barton ran in four tries and punished some ill discipline with three penalties.
The closest Alcester came to points before the break was when centre Andy Conway was stopped 10 metres short of the line after being released by Jack Green.
Having now woken up, Alcester really began to take the game to the home side in the second half in both the set piece and open play, despite losing prop Jason Richings to a shoulder injury.
After a long period of Alcester pressure and solid home defence, the Red and blacks finally got onto the score sheet after man of the match Robbie Parker took a quick tap penalty releasing the backline, who with quick hands found captain Sears who finished smartly under some pressure. Fly-half Randall adding the extras.
Despite continuing to dominate, a defensive lapse allowed the dangerous Barton wing to run at a broken Alcester defence, completing the home side’s scoring with excellent pace and feet.
The superb Parker who was at the heart of getting Alcester playing on the front foot, took another quick penalty and with good, quick hands allowed wing Jamie Clarke in for the simplest of touchdowns in the left hand corner. Again this was converted.
This Saturday sees Alcester take on Birmingham Civil service in a crucial league fixture at King’s Coughton from 3pm, with a large crowd of vice presidents expected following their annual lunch.
Centre Steve Mason scored four tries on debut as Alcester 2nds XV recored a 36-16 over Shirley-based Old Yardleians 3rd XV after their league fixture against Trinuity Guild was conceded due to their opponents being unable to raise a team.
Alcester under 17s got their home campaign off to a perfect start with a comprehensive 42-7 win over their Staffordshire visitors Eccleshall Colts at King’s Coughton.
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