A THIRD win of the season at home to Redditch has moved Harbury up to second in the Midlands 4 West (South) table.
A hard earned 33-17 win on Saturday saw the home side take their chances against a large and physical Redditch team who took an early lead thanks to an early unconverted try.
Harbury came back quickly with two penalty goals in front of the posts which were both well converted by Dan Rooney to take a narrow 6-5 lead but Redditch were looking dangerous although a series of promising attacks came to nothing.
Harbury’s try when it came was a gem with full back Will Hurrell fielding a kick and used his pace to create space for Steve Alford to touch down for a well worked try and an 11-5 lead.
Redditch created problems and should have scored from good field position in the host’s 22 but a wild final pass went into touch and denied them a certain try on the cusp of half-time.
Harbury, after a shaky opening five minutes, extended their lead with an excellent break by Steve Alford who went through the cover defence and found Mark Anderson on his shoulder for a try wide out to take his team 11 points ahead.
Redditch hit back hard and some good work by their forwards took play into the home 22 and they unlocked the cover five metres out and their centre crossed unopposed beneath the posts for a converted try to narrow the deficit to just four points.
Harbury then attacked positively with a break by Steve Alford, supported by player coach Tony Gear, who touched down and the try was converted by Dave Rooney, who was later injured and left the field.
Redditch moved back to within six points through another try but Harbury used the ball effectively and quick passing found Mark Anderson in space and he used his pace to score a fourth try and secure a bonus point.
In the dying moments of the match another sweeping move enabled man of the match Will Hurrell to go round the cover and finish off a good move.