THE WET and windy conditions played their part as Kenilworth slipped to a narrow 12-15 defeat at home to Bournville in the Midlands West 1 division on Saturday.
The conditions led to many mistakes in what proved to be an entertaining game of rugby which the visitors edged by just three points.
Ahead of kick off both sides observed a minute’s silence in memory of former Kenilworth coach Michael Knight who unexpectedly passed away two weeks ago.
The hosts started well and took the lead when scrum half Gareth Renowden collected a dropped line out ball 15 metres from the Bournville line and slid in for an unconverted try after just six minutes.
Bournville then started to use their large experienced forwards to make significant yardage and after Kenilworth were penalised for holding on in the tackle, Alex Warner converted his first penalty attempt to bring the score back to 5-3.
In an error strewn first half, Warner’s deft chip over the Kenilworth defence allowed winger Warren Oliver to collect the ball and score in the corner but the conversion was missed by Warren.
Kenilworth had a chance to cut the lead to just two points but an attempted penalty kick at goal was pushed wide just before the break.
As well as the first half started well for Kenilworth, the first 20 minutes of the second half belonged to Bournville.
The home team were immediately pinned back in their own half and Gareth Renowden, Mikkel Andresen, Ollie Burman and James Wadey all made important try saving tackles.
But eventually Bromsgrove found another breakthrough when Drew Harper scored an unconverted try to make it 5-15 to the visitors.
The hosts were unfortunate to see Bromsgorve missed several penalty kicks which could have killed off any comeback.
With 15 minutes remaining Kenilworth responded and when Bournville replacement Coles was yellow carded for a stamp on Ollie Burman, the hosts made the most of their extra man but only some wayward passing stopped them from scoring.
With five minutes left the ever lively Gareth Renowden took a quick penalty only to be stopped by Vaughan who replaced Coles in the sin bin. Bournville’s Knight was also yellow carded and after a series of infringements the hosts were awarded a penalty try which was converted by Selby for 12-15.
But this proved to be the last action of an entertaining match.