Luctonians beat Birmingham & Solihull to complete best start in National Two North (From Hereford Times)
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Luctonians beat Birmingham & Solihull to complete best start in National Two North
3:30pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in Sport
Luctonians 22 pts Birmingham and Solihull 15 A LATE try from George Thomas helped Luctonians achieve their best-ever start to a season in National League rugby.
The home pack were buoyed by the returning Richard Jones and Thomas dotted down, after a driving maul, with eight minutes remaining.
Winger Alex Rumsey also crossed and replacement John Morris kicked three penalties for the hosts, who have won five straight matches in National League Two North.
Luctonians are two points adrift of joint leaders Stourbridge and Macclesfield and travel to third-from-bottom Caldy this Saturday.
Jack Lydiate (shoulder), Geraint Langdon (dead leg) and Anthony Marfell (arm) are expected to be fit.
Luctonians have won once at Caldy – a 20-17 success in February 2011 – from three visits.
Fly-half Adam Canning kicked all of the points for Birmingham, who led 6-3 at the interval in Saturday’s match at Kingsland.
Canning opened the scoring with a long-range penalty which was cancelled out by Will Burton’s penalty.
Burton made a try-saving soon afterwards when Bees broke through the Lucs defence. But Lucs infringed at the breakdown and Canning booted the Bees 6-3 up.
Lucs were more determined after the interval, with Rumsey rounding off a slick passing move.
Lucs had a try disallowed for a forward pass before Paul Hulland and an opposition player were yellow-carded after a skirmish.
Morris kicked a penalty, but a penalty and a drop goal from Canning put the Bees 12-11 ahead.
The advantage changed hands four further times with a penalty exchange and another drop goal from Canning.
Thomas’ try put Luctonians 19-15 ahead and Morris wrapped up their victory with a last-gasp penalty.
l Winger Drew Cheshire scored a second-half brace for Gloucester United in a 44-7 win over Newcastle Falcons in Monday’s Premiership A League match.
l GREYHOUND’S proud unbeaten home record has been breached in their first Midlands Four West (North) outing at the Racecourse.
The city side, who had not been defeated on home territory for more than two seasons, went down 43-23 to Harborne.
Ledbury are second in Midlands Three West (South) after their third straight win, 28-20 over Southam.
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