23rd Apr, 2018

Time running out for Southam to avoid the drop

Craig Gibbons 14th Apr, 2018

SOUTHAM have just two games left to avoid the drop from Midlands Two West (South) following their 50-7 defeat to Silhillians.

Early pressure from Southam went unrewarded and it was the home side who opened the scoring after 15 minutes with a try in the corner.

This was followed by two well worked tries in the next ten minutes.

Both were the result of slick handling by the Silhillians backs creating space and overlaps with a series of loop moves.

Southam struggled to build pressure throughout the first half with handling errors preventing any continuity, Silhillians by contrast retained procession for long periods which was reflected by the 24-0 half-time score.

After the break Southam’s tempo improved with more direct running and purpose.

Replacement Pete Burnell made notable contributions to this and scoring in the corner with Jon Lowden converting.

Any hopes of a Southam comeback were quickly quashed as the support play and strong direct running of the Silhillian backs produced try scoring opportunities aplenty.

The pick of the tries was scored by the Silhillians left wing who showed real pace from his own half to score under the posts.

Third-from-bottom Southam, who sit four points above Berkswell & Balsall, entertain Kenilworth today (Saturday).

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