A 31-7 victory over Stourbridge Lions opened Kenilworth’s Midlands 1 West campaign in style at Glasshouse Lane.
Appearing at step six for the first time since their Midlands 2 West (South) title win last campaign, Kenilworth were more than impressive throughout and were full value for their victory.
Ed Hannam was the first try scorer of the new season for the hosts, finishing off a move following Bobby Thompson’s pass.
A second try quickly followed, this time provided by Thompson, who inadvertently assisted himself when a punt upfield rebounded into his path en route to scoring.
The lead was extended further by Hannam’s penalty on the quarter of an hour mark to make the scoreline 13-0, a situation which prompted the visitors to respond with a bout of pressure.
Kenilworth held firm, and looked set to score a breakaway run through Sam Morris on his debut in the first team, but he was denied by a tackle just five metres from the try line.
Just before the break, Jake Dodd caught the ball in a good position and drove forward to score, with the extras being converted by Hannam to give Kenilworth a 21-0 lead.
Mikkel Andresen provided more of the same after the restart, before the Lions eventually roared back with a converted try of their own ten minutes before the end.
Kenilworth ensured they had the last laugh when Gareth Renowden bundled himself over the line, and despite the conversion being missed, ensured a comprehensive victory to start the season.
Next up for the Ken is a trip to Sutton Coldfield on Saturday (3pm).