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Battling Redditch thrashed in derby
4:20pm Wednesday 10th October 2012 in Sport
Redditch 0, Woodrush 55
REDDITCH’S resistance was broken as Woodrush ran in a eight tries to emphatically win a one-sided Midlands Three West (South) derby.
The struggling Kingfishers had done well to keep their dominant opponents at bay but with the score 0-0 after 35 minutes, they paid a heavy price for ill-discipline, dismissals and errors as the floodgates opened.
Woodrush started looking for points on the board early on and forced three early penalties but their attempts to create openings were repelled by stout Redditch defending.
The hosts saw a penalty go off target and were then reduced to 14 men after they had a player sin-binned.
Woodrush, who had enjoyed greater possession, finally made the breakthrough when winger Anton Taylor came off the bench to score.
Steve Smart missed the conversion but made amends seconds later with a penalty and then, deep in injury-time he ran in a try himself and slotted the conversion to hand Woodrush a 15-0 lead.
Redditch played much of the second-half with just 14 players as they had two more sin-binned and Woodrush made their supremacy count with a dominant display.
The visitors ran in a further six tries through hooker Paul Moppett, wing forward Gary McGrann, Smart, centre Andrew Poole and flanker Simon Andrews, who ran in from the half way line unopposed.
That was Redditch’s fourth defeat in a row but head coach Dave Hitchen said it was too early to worry.
He said: “It’s still early in the season to start worrying about the results so far, but the signs are good for Redditch.
“We have a young squad of good mobile players and it has taken some time to get the balance of the team right but I am confident we will develop into a stronger team as the season goes on.”
Defeat leaves Redditch rock bottom while, high-flying Woodrush are now in fourth place.
Woodrush go to Stourbridge Lions in the RFU Senior Vase on Saturday and Redditch entertain Willenhall.