HARBURY were on the end of a 76-10 hammering at the hands of Bedworth on Saturday in Midlands Four West (South).
In-form Bedworth showed their class, extending their unbeaten run from October with victory over their hosts.
Harbury were missing a number of key players, but remained spirited and dogged in their efforts during the contest, although they could find no answer to their opponents’ dynamism in attack.
Bedworth opened the scoring on five minutes, when forcing a scrum penalty inside the hosts’ half.
A kick forward put Harbury on the back foot, and although initially holding out, the ball broke to the Bedworth number 8, who stormed forward and allowed a team-mate to touch down in the corner.
Paul Evans levelled when he picked up on a loose pass and scored in the corner, but missed the conversion, as had Bedworth with their opening try.
The hard-running Bedworth forwards increasingly began to pressurise the home defence, taking a bonus point by half-time in leading 29-5.
Bedworth continued to increase their advantage after the interval, using the strong wind to their advantage.
After adding a number of well-worked tries, Harbury enjoyed a 15-minute spell on the offensive, Tom Allen touching down after a driving move forward.
The final 15 minutes were all Bedworth’s though, blowing their opponents away.
It was certainly a tough one to take for Harbury, despite coming up against high-quality opponents in Bedworth, but they look to bounce back when visiting sixth-placed Bromyard this Saturday.