Hat-trick heroics inspire Woodrush

Redditch Advertiser: Crunch time: A Woodrush player is stopped in his tracks. Picture: CRAIG ROSS Crunch time: A Woodrush player is stopped in his tracks. Picture: CRAIG ROSS

DERBY Kings Woodrush made it three wins in a row as they trounced Alcester 58-5 in the Midlands Division Four West (South) on Saturday.

Hat-tricks for Andy Warrilow and Michael Loughrey sealed a one-sided display, which leaves Woodrush second in the table and pushing for promotion.

Alcester’s young but injury hit squad were out-muscled and well-beaten by the men from Wythall.

The home side ran in a total of nine tries to bolster their promotion challenge, with the King’s Coughton men’s solitary scorecoming from top scorer Ryan Clark.

Alcester are in Warwickshire Shield action on Saturday, when they entertain Coventry side Old Wheatleyans who are currently flying high in Midlands West Three (South).

Meanwhile, Woodrush go to Cannock, who are fourth in the Midlands Division Four West (North), in the quarter-finals of the Midlands Junior Vase.

l Redditch produced an encouraging display in Saturday's 21-13 home loss to in-form Barton-under-Needwood.

All that separated the sides with 20 minutes to go was a single point.

But the visitors bagged a late score to ended the home side’s resistance.

The Kingfishers started the brighter and scored early on, when fly-half Tom Saddington crashed over for the first try.

The visitors responded soon after and showed what they were about with a series of powerful runs from forwards and backs, finally culminating in their strong centre bashing his way over for a converted score. Barton extended their lead shortly after with another converted score, following more direct running and rucking.

The home team regrouped and Saddington slotted a penalty to narrow the lead.

After the break, Bryn Williams continued his good form from last week with a pacey finish down the left wing.

But Barton hit back with another powerful display of rucking and their scrum-half darted through a hole and dived in under the posts.

l Alcester's second team were beaten 38-5 by Old Yardleians, while the under-17s were edged out 22-14 by Coventrians.

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