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2013 midlands premier league - n.e.w ravens rlfc 28 coventry bears ‘a’ 24


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Dec 14, 2009
North East Worcestershire Ravens rugby league club took the spoils in their opening fixture in the 2013 Midlands Premier league against a spirited Coventry Bears A side.
The Ravens with 6 players making their debuts for the club and 2 players stepping up from last years U-16's were value for money in this well deserved win show true determination and never say die attitude. Conor Thorneycroft took one minute to make his mark on the game as he crunched his opposite winger in a copybook tackle.
The Bears took just 3minutes to score the first try of the game which was converted to give them a six nil lead. Both sides defences were on top and on 20 minutes with one tackle in the set to go, 16 yr old David Wimbury put a pin point kick into the corner which the other 16 yr old Conor Thorneycroft took the ball to walk in the corner for his 1st try at senior level. David Wimbury given the goal kicking duties for day slotted it over the posts as the wind hung it in the air to go between the uprights to give the Ravens parity in the game at 6 a piece. The Ravens were now getting on top of the game and on 35 mines Rahall ( The Beast) Blake went on a foraging run from 30 metres out to score under the posts to continue his run of scoring a try in every Ravens game he has played. This was simply converted to give the Ravens the lead for the first time in the game.
As the heavens opened up with swirling hail the half time whistle came with the score Ravens 12 Bears 6.
The 2nd half kicked off just as the sleet stopped. The talk at half-time was not to concede an early try, but the Bears hadn't read that script and posted a try within a minute but not converted It took just 5 minutes for the Ravens to post their next try as James Curgenven dropped his shoulder to find a gap open up for him to sprint through to score under the posts converted again by David Wimbury.
Just 3 minutes later Rahall Blake barged down the left hand side to score in the corner which on this occasion proved to be just too far out for David Wimbury to convert to give the Ravens a 22 10 lead. The Bears assize general Scott Clendenin- Fenton returned to the pitch to orchestrate the Bears and a deft pass to the Bears prop on their own 25 left a gap for him to storm through the Ravens defence before passing to another Bears player who went to score a try on 70 minutes which the conversion hit the hit the upright and coming back into the filed of play. From the resulting kick off , the Bears stormed up the pitch and only a tackle from Matt Juppe saved a certain try , but after some ill discipline piggy backed the Bears up to Ravens try line it inevitable the Bears would score a try with conversion hooked right of the posts. The Ravens lead was just down to 4 points. From the next play with the Bears pressing again , they kicked on the last tackle which was charged down by Sean Seaworthy who collected the ball and passed on to the rampaging Rahall Blake who was then agonizingly brought down inches from the Bears try line and from the next play the Ravens lost the ball and the Bears swept up the pitch to score a soft try under the posts which was converted to give them a 2 point lead with just 2 minutes lost on the clock and the disbelief from the touchline was that the Ravens had thrown away the win which they richly deserve red. But more was to come as in the dying minute after the Bears had kicked on the last tackle into deep Ravens territory . The Bears forced a drop out under the posts as the Ravens were tackled behind their own try line. A short drop out by David Wimbury who collected it as it just went the required metres and then passed to by James Curgenven who sidestepped an oncoming tackler to get to the halfway line then offloaded the ball to winger Anton Taylor on the half way line who shot up the wing with several Bear players trying to catch him but he showed too much speed and went and scored a try between the posts to great delights from the Ravens touchline and players and converted again by David Wimbury.The final whistle went just 45 seconds later to give the Ravens a well deserved win.
The Ravens were well led by new captain and debutant Dave Swaysland who kept his players working for each other for all 80 minutes and never say die attitude. The man of the match award was won jointly by David Wimbury who kicked intelligently and showed good hands with the ball and winger Conor Thorneycroft who scored a fine try on his debut and never shirked away from any tackling players twice his size. Not bad for both of them making their senior debuts at the age of 16 . This victory was a team effort from each and every one who wore the Ravens shirt this afternoon as they all dug in for each other.

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