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Claverdon finish Midlands Four West (South) campaign as invincible champions



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CLAVERDON completed the perfect season for the second time in their history, as they made it 20 wins from 20 games with a comfortable 36-5 success at Old Yardleians.

Claverdon celebrate a perfect season. Photo: Will Barnes
Claverdon celebrate a perfect season. Photo: Will Barnes

Having already wrapped up the title, the Lions entered Saturday’s game looking to emulate the success of the 2010-11 campaign which saw them claim the Midlands Five West (South) crown without defeat.

The visitors got off to a flying start, with centre Will Jackson making a break which resulted in a line-out 5m from the Yardleians try line. From the resulting set-piece, the ball found its way to winger Max Oxton-Morris who powered over from short range. Jackson then added the conversion.

The momentum was very much in Claverdon’s favour and they added two further tries in a short space of time. A charging Chris Johnson created the first, beating multiple defenders and off-loading to flanker Charlie Wakelam to score.

Max Oxton-Morris scores for Claverdon. Photo: Will Barnes
Max Oxton-Morris scores for Claverdon. Photo: Will Barnes

The next try was made in the back row, as a brilliant turnover by No. 8 James Kirby caught Yards by surprise. Charlie Byrd made the most of the scattered defence, rounding the full-back on his way to score under the posts.

The game then became scrappy as Yards began to get a foothold in the game. However, only a dropped ball by Oxton-Morris with the try line begging prevented Claverdon adding to their 19-0 lead before half-time.

Old Yardleians came out in the second half with much more impetus.

Paul Stacey from under pressure. Photo: Will Barnes
Paul Stacey from under pressure. Photo: Will Barnes

Their consistent pressure finally provided a return when a scrum in the away team’s 22m area led to a score down the blind side.

With Old Yards continuing to threaten the Claverdon line, a fantastic individual effort by Hilton Garner-Jones pretty much sealed the game for the away team.

After a big hit by Oxton-Morris, Garner-Jones collected the loose ball and ran 70m to score, beating a couple of defenders on the way.

The last hurrah of the season then went to Oxton-Morris, who scored two late tries to complete his hat-trick, the second of which resulted from a clever cross-field kick by James Williams.

Claverdon captain James Williams in action. Photo: Will Barnes
Claverdon captain James Williams in action. Photo: Will Barnes


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