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Alcester maintain perfect start to Counties Two Midlands West (South) season

ALCESTER extended their unbeaten run to five games with a bonus-point 45-14 victory over Burbage, reports Amy Flynn.

Mark Burrell in action for Alcester. Photo: Paul O'Sullivan (59752241)
Mark Burrell in action for Alcester. Photo: Paul O'Sullivan (59752241)

The visitors set out to spoil the show in front of a strong home crowd, including the guests of the annual VPs day as they took a early lead from the kick-off with a converted try.

Alcester were slow to start and appeared to have left their game faces in the changing room, as within the first ten minutes Burbage had doubled their lead through another easily gifted try.

Spurred on by the crowd, Alcester started to warm into the game and stopped their opposition’s early advances from progressing any further.

Unsurprisingly, it was Mark Burrell who put his side on the scoreboard after a period of pressure saw the ball played out wide to the speedy winger.

Burbage looked to extend their lead to put Alcester several paces back but their penalty kick attempt fell short of the posts. Before the half-time whistle, Alcester were able to complete the turnaround of events and put themselves in the favourable position at the break.

Kyran Flynn added their second try before Alex Chiles intercepted a floating pass from the opposition and raced away to score to give his side a 19-14 advantage. The Red and Blacks continued on the front foot in the second half.

Ed Gough chipped ahead and the kick that was at first looking to be too strong, luckily bounced off the posts back towards Gough, who gathered and scored before converting his own try.

Both Chiles and Burrell secured their braces as Alcester comfortably controlled the game and the once defiant Burbage tired as the game progressed.

Jack Green then ran in Alcester’s seventh and final try of the afternoon to send the Red and Blacks back to the top of the table.

Alcester now have a free weekend before making the trip to Claverdon on 15th October.

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