HARBURY fell short to Coventry Welsh on Saturday afternoon, losing 24-10 in Midlands Four West (South).
Despite losing, there was an improved sign of commitment from the home side as Harbury showed greater urgency in their play against a physically heavier Coventry Welsh side.
The Welsh were consistently dominant in their set-piece work and used it to good effect – enabling the visiting side to create chances and use field position to their advantage.
Though Harbury had the slope to their advantage, it was Welsh who took the lead in the opening minutes of the game when their forwards took advantage of a scrum within Harbury’s 22 to cross the line – a conversion made it 7-0.
Harbury’s commitment to the game was rewarded shortly before the close of the first half as a well managed rolling maul forced play wide where Matt Holloway put the home side’s first points on the board.
Welsh extended their advantage and forced Harbury into several costly mistakes early into the second half as they quickly established a 19-5 lead.
Though Mark Anderson provided a second try for Harbury, it proved too little too late as Welsh converted a third try of the game to run out deserved winners by 24 points to Harbury’s 10.