SOUTHAM came out on top in the battle of Warwickshire against rivals Old Leamingtonians in the Midlands 3 West (South) after recording a narrow 32-29 victory at Station Road on Saturday.
The visitors were made to settle for just two bonus points after being narrowly beaten by a strong Southam side who are currently riding high in the table.
Both sides scored four tries and Southam finally forged ahead with a neatly taken drop goal six minutes from time to snatch the win.
Old Leamingtonians opened the scoring with a well struck long range penalty from Brad James but this sparked Southam into life with two converted tries in 20 minutes.
First Harry Hewson released the ball onto a well-timed run by captain Will Grindall who cut through to score the opening try of the match and soon after Justin Urbonas was held up by the line, but supporting wing forward Liam Monro went over unchallenged.
It was then the visitors’ turn to take the game to Southam and hooker Reece Jones broke through the Southam defence to touch down wide on the right and an excellent conversion by James made it 14-10.
The visitors then used the wind to their advantage to gain territorial advantage and the well co-ordinated OL forwards twice forced Southam back over the goal line for Joe Tallamini to touch down twice.
One of the tries was converted to push Old Leamingtonians into a five point lead approaching the half-way mark.
But just before the break the Southam back row created another fine three-quarter linked move to score an unconverted try to draw the scores level at half-time.
The visitors began the second half taking the game to their opponents and they scored next when an interception saw Sam Brittain run half the length of the field to touch down and James converted to give his side a seven point led.
But it was Southam who scored next when an infringement on the OLs goal line was judged by the match official to have prevented a try being scored and a penalty was awarded and converted to bring the scoreline level once again at 29-29.
Both sides put pressure on each other without making a breakthrough and it was left to Hewson to score the final points of the game with a well directed drop goal to ensure Southam claimed the win.