WORCESTER Wanderers inflicted a heavy 38-5 defeat on Kenilworth on a wet and windy Saturday afternoon in the shadows of Sixways and the result leaves Kenilworth sitting in 11th in the Midlands 1 west with just one game remaining, writes Sophie Freestone.
Despite the cold, rain and hail, Kenilworth started the match brightly but Hickman’s early penalty attempt sailed just wide of the upright and moments later he narrowly missed another long-range opportunity.
In the opening 15 minutes, Kenilworth showed glimpses of their attacking potential, with Joe Jepps unfortunate to knock the ball on following a powerful kick through from Worcester, however the visitors’ set piece was starting to falter and Worcester took advantage to give themselves good field positions and a strong attacking platform.
Although Kenilworth did well to withstand the pressure, their defence was eventually broken down after 16 minutes as Worcester scored the opening try of the match which Tom Biggs converted.
Kenilworth gave themselves a great opportunity to close the gap after an excellent touch finder from Hickman took his side up to the Worcester 22, but the set piece let Kenilworth down as they lost the crucial line out.
With the half hour mark approaching Worcester extended their lead thanks to a try from Tom Dodge and with Worcester having the momentum, it wasn’t long before they extended their lead by another seven points thanks to a 34th minute try for Ben Rhodes, which Biggs converted for a half time lead of 19 points.
The opening 20 minutes of the second half saw Kenilworth in a number of good field positions but they were unable to capitalise on their opportunities.
The closest they came to a try was in the 54th minute after a through-the-legs pass from Kalum Goodfellow 5m out from the Worcester try line, but the ball didn’t make it over the line.
A frustrating afternoon for the visitors was compounded when the home side extended their lead on 60 minutes, securing a try bonus point in the process, when James Aston crossed the line. The conversion from Biggs made the score 26-0 to Worcester.
Kenilworth then had a 65th minute penalty which was kicked to touch by Hickman, only for the set piece to let them down once again thanks to another misfiring line out.
Worcester were back on the scoreboard in the 69th minute through Sam Harper’s try and Biggs’ successful conversion made it 33-0 before sixth try was scored seven minutes from time by full back Paul Burton.
Despite the 38 point deficit, Kenilworth continued to search for a try and it finally came in the 79th minute through Ryan Spriggs but it was all too late for the visitors.