Evesham in second place after run continues with home win

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EVESHAM maintained their fine form with a 43-17 home win over fellow Midlands Three West (South) highfliers Kings Norton.

The hosts started brightly and, after a solid scrum headed by the front row of Fraser Goggins, Stewart Stock and Kerren Lippett, mounted an attack only for the bounce to evade them.

This did not dispirit Evesham, however, and quick thinking by Simon Corbett and Carl Robinson in midfield led to Zac Reid racing past two men over 70 metres to score under the posts with Mike Diston converting.

Another penalty followed and Evesham built a lead which was boosted when the ball fell into Reid’s hands and good link-up play from Henry Webb gave Ben Dziczkaniece the score under the posts which was converted.

Again, sharp backs play from Robinson freed up Steph Lasota to score and Evesham went in at halftime 22-0 ahead.

Kings Norton came out of the blocks quickly after the interval and a catch-anddrive eventually resulted in a well-taken converted score followed by a penalty to make it 22-10.

Evesham hit back with individual skill from Lasota as he beat two men and gathered his own kick for an unconverted try.

Despite the efforts of Webb, Dziczkaniece and Sam Garrett in the back row, combined with the Smart brothers, Evesham could not prevent the Kings Norton centre from crashing over for a converted try.

But this was to be the visitors’ last contribution as the Evesham back-line created inroads with the likes of Ed Knight, Sam Huckvale and Darren Hunter making good ground.

This was rewarded when a Robinson chip through led to a penalty try which Diston converted to extend the lead to 34-17.

Evesham’s positive rugby continued with the half-back combination of Diston and Corbett looking to go wide early.

This mindset was reflected when Robinson took a quick penalty from inside his own half, dummied outside and then raced away under the posts for the final converted score.

Second-placed Evesham travel to leaders Old Coventrians on Saturday.

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