KENILWORTH Ladies came up just short against league leaders Buckingham Swans on Sunday as they continued their Women’s Championship Midlands with a 17-7 defeat, writes Aisling Straver.
It was a very wet and windy afternoon at Floyd Field, with both teams digging deep in the difficult conditions.
Kenilworth’s defence was strong in the opening stages of the match, significantly testing the Buckingham attack but the Swans’ fly half managed to break through after seven minutes to open the scoring.
The missed conversion left the Swans with a 5-0 lead.
This early try didn’t phase the visitors, however, with Kenilworth looking bright for the remainder of the half to ensure the Swans couldn’t extend their lead beyond five points.
After the break Kenilworth came out all guns blazing, with a beautiful break from Beth Woodward all the way from Kenilworth’s 22 seeing the centre touch down under the sticks.
Straver added the conversion to give her side a two point lead.
The hosts came back strongly, however, but Kenilworth made them work extremely hard for their two second half tries.
The second of these saw the ball make its way out to the wing with less than six minutes remaining as Buckingham secured a 17-7 victory.
The Ladies have a break in fixtures this weekend before two matches next week, starting with the Ladies Development XV hosting the University of Warwick on Wednesday evening (KO 7:30pm).
Crewe & Nantwich then travel to Glasshouse Lane on Sunday (28th October) for Kenilworth’s first fixture in this season’s Intermediate Cup.