Rugby Union
Newbold keep promotion hopes alive

By Jamie Arrowsmith 27/03 Updated: 27/03 11:00

Banbury 24 Newbold 32

Midlands Two West (South)

NEWBOLD maintained second place in the Midlands Two West (South) table thanks to a strong first half performance carrying them to victory at Banbury on Saturday.

The visitors were soon on the front foot and went ahead when Tom Holroyd snapped the ball inside to Danny Facer who made his customary charge into contact before Lloyd Warner released Tom Newbold to cross, Glenn Bond converted.

Both sides then won the chance to kick at goal but whereas Banbury were off target, Bond made no mistake after Phil Reed had been blocked when attempting to chase his own kick ahead.

Newbold were caught off-side from the restart and Banbury made good ground from the resultant penalty which eventually led to their centre scoring a converted try.

A quick reply from the visitors saw Holroyd provide quick ball to Sean Fereday who spotted a gap and ran in from 40m along the touchline for an unconverted score.

Although not completely dominant, Newbold were rewarded every time they ventured into Banbury's half and Bond added a penalty before Warner ran half the length of the pitch to score, Bond converted for a 25-7 interval lead.

The hosts came out fired up in the second half whilst Newbold appeared to think the job was done.

A strong spell of Banbury pressure failed to bring any reward initially as Newbold defended doggedly.

Eventually Banbury did breakthrough for a converted to try to cut the gap to 25-14 which seemed to spark Newbold back into life.

After stealing line-out ball, Reed made good ground and found Warner in support to claim the try, Bond added the extra two points.

Discipline levels dropped as the closing stages arrived with both sides losing a man to the sin bin.

Banbury finished the stronger of the two, adding two unconverted scores but Newbold had done enough to take the victory that leaves them two points clear of third placed Silhillians ahead of Saturday's home clash with Berkswell and Balsall.

NEWBOLD Colts have drawn Nuneaton Colts in the semi-final of the Bob Coward Trophy which will be played at Parkfield Road on April 1.

The sides have met twice already this season with both sides having recorded one victory.

It is a huge game for both sides and all support will be greatly welcomed.

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