Sutton Coldfield 12 Rugby Lions 20Wed 28 Aug

This was The Lions first competitive game of the season following two successful ‘friendly’ encounters against Banbury and Long Buckby. Their opponents were Sutton Coldfield in the semi final of the Warwickshire Cup. Conditions were more like those expected in winter with heavy, persistent rain that made ball handling a challenge, but this well coached Lions outfit coped admirably. Playing down the slope The Lions defended well against the home team’s early pressure and gradually started to get a firm foothold as the half progressed. Lions were first to score following a strong run by winger Louis Smith, the conversion was unsuccessfully. Lions then added three more points through a penalty from Edward Gledson, Lions second try came from impressive scrum half Callum Forsyth , Gledson added the two extra points giving a half time score of 0-15 in The Lions favour. In truth the gap could have been even bigger if The Lions had not suffered two careless infringements close to the line.

Playing uphill into the ongoing rain tested The Lions defensive qualities and these stood up well. Going into the last five minutes Sutton Coldfield had reduced the score to 12-15 and were pushing hard for a third try that would have given them the lead. However, The Lions won a scrum deep in their own 22 from which Callum Forsyth broke down the blind side and good combination play amongst the backs saw Forsyth dive over for a third and winning try for The Lions.

With a number of squad players not available this performance bodes well for the coming league campaign. This kicks off on Saturday 7th September when The Lions travel away to Oadby Wyggs for a 3.00 pm kick off.

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