REDDITCH Rugby Club were already effectively relegated from Midlands Four West South this season so they were always going to face a tall order against an Old Wheats side currently sitting top of the table.

Despite this daunting task, Redditch started the brighter side and shocked the league leaders by taking the lead through a James Mills penalty.

But Redditch joy was short lived as the opening score only succeeded in poking the tiger as Wheats responded with some strong running and two quick tries.

Although Redditch enjoyed a good deal of possession, they could gain little territory and soon found themselves stretched in defence as Wheats created attacks from all directions.

Late replacement full back George Wood Docker prevented a couple of scores with some courageous tackling, but couldn’t prevent Wheats from scoring two more tries, both of which went unconverted due to the high wind as Redditch trailed 20-3 at the break.

The second half continued in the same pattern and further Wheats’ tries followed but Redditch never gave up the fight and were finally rewarded with a try from Will Baillon following a break by Mills.

Final score: Redditch 8-51 Old Wheatlyans