By Jamie Arrowsmith 21/03 Updated: 21/03 12:18
Old Laurentians 10 Newbold 16
Midlands Two West (South)
A DRAMATIC finale to Saturday’s huge local derby saw Newbold claim victory when 17-year-old debutant Richard Suddens crossed in the corner to lift his side back into second place in the table.
Newbold held an 11-10 advantage heading into the final seconds and with both sides pushing for victory the game was finely poised.
The visitors recycled quick ball after OLs lost control of scrum ball in their twenty-two and Phil Reed delivered a long miss-pass for Suddens to clinch victory.
OLs suffered a pre-match below when skipper and lock forward Paul Willis had to pull out through illness before Andy Orbinson also became a late withdrawal. Carl Adams came in to replace him for his first game in the first team in over three months.
Both sides won early penalties but where as Glen Bond was successful for Newbold, Jon Bean was off target for the hosts.
Newbold survived losing James Ferris to the sin bin without conceding and then extended their advantage when Phil Reed kicked a drop goal following a strong spell of pressure.
Bean hit the target with his next penalty to get OLs on the board but a defensive error from the hosts allowed Reed to run in from 30-yards, giving his side an 11-3 interval lead.
A much fired up OLs outfit emerged for the second half and early pressure led to hooker Tim Murphy being shown the yellow card but again the hosts failed to make their extra man count.
OLs were well on top going into the final quarter and the introduction of Denzil Evans for his first team action of the season lifted them further.
He announced himself with a couple of trademark kicks to the corner before a strong drive saw Stuart Eborall cross.
Evans’ conversion made it 11-10 with ten minutes remaining and at this stage Newbold were having to call on all of their defensive skills to survive.
But to their credit, survive they did before making valuable ground which led Suddens’ score and victory.
Newbold travel to eighth placed Banbury on Saturday whilst OLs visit league leaders Barkers Butts.
IT WAS a complete day of celebration for Newbold as their 2nds and 3rds also overcame OLs.
The 2nds won 22-8 in a game that doubled up as a Warwickshire One clash and Clonmell Cup semi-final whilst the 3rds won their Warwickshire Three contest 21-11.
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