Stoke Old Boys 28 – 21 Alcester 1st XV

ALCESTER RFC made it their fourth game without victory on Saturday as a second half red card saw them lose sight of a win.

Outside centre Lewis Walker opened the scoring at Albert Gale Field before Mat Ashby added the extras, going on to gain a 100% conversion rate on the afternoon.

Stoke Old Boys hit back almost immediately and scored two converted tries in quick succession to go ahead in the game.

However, Alcester’s second try courtesy of Louis Smith brought his side back level, remaining 14-all until half time.

In the second half, things turned bad for Alcester, as a Luke Spencer red card for a high tackle forced the team down to 14-men and Stoke Old Boys were awarded a penalty try.

Taking advantage of the extra player, the Coventry side were over the whitewash again, extending their lead.

Nonetheless, Alcester tried not to be disheartened and scored a third converted try through substitute Jack Green but it wasn’t enough and despite having ten minutes left of the game, no further points were scored by either team.

Director of Rugby, Stu Phillips said: “After a couple of disappointing performances it was good to see the passion return to our rugby. I know that if we continue in this vein, then the results will follow.”

Alcester 1st team hope to put an end to their losing streak as they visit fourth-placed Ledbury next weekend.

Whereas, title contenders Alcester 2nd XV welcome bottom of Warwickshire League 3, Harbury 2nds to Kings Coughton.

Report submitted by Alcester RFC