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Spartans make Carolians pay
11:03am Thursday 31st October 2013 in Sport
Kidderminster Carolians 19 Spartans 32
KIDDERMINSTER Carolians paid the price for a poor first half as they were beaten by joint-leaders Spartans in the Midlands Two West (South).
Already missing a host of players, including skipper Rob Delahay, KCs were forced to play two forwards out of position and the match got off to the worst possible start when Alex Baldwin had to leave the field after only three minutes with a nasty injury.
The visitors were on top from the beginning, winning a number of penalties, and after six minutes their fly-half slotted a three-pointer.
From the restart, KCs gained possession but an error gifted the ball back to Spartans, who released their full-back down the right flank and his pace was too much for the hosts to handle as the visitors took an 8-0 lead.
Paul Stride got KCs back in the game with a try, converted by George Morgan, after good work by Chris Pinner had seen Nick Martin and Joe Nicklin blocked on the line.
But the hosts had the momentum taken away when Spartans replied immediately with two converted touchdowns to leave KCs trailing 22-7.
Living off scraps, KCs wasted most of the little possession they did have with poor passing compounded by handling errors and despite having a brisk wind at their backs they did not employ any sort of kicking game to to establish field position Nonetheless, they did manage a try when a good drive enabled Morgan to touch down and reduce the deficit to 22-12.
However, they could not contain Spartans’ dangerous backs and they cut through with embarrassing ease for their fourth try, again converted, as Kidderminster found themselves trailing 29-12.
Head coach Ian Bletcher moved Morgan to full-back, with Alex Thompson to take over a scrum-half.
The hosts improved and Jack Tunstall scored another try which Morgan kicked over.
Galvanised by veteran number eight Layton Wilkinson, the hosts were now playing much better and when Spartans missed a kickable penalty, there was a realistic possibility that KC’s could at least rescue two losing bonus points with a fourth touch down.
However, although they had stemmed the tide, their execution was not precise enough.
Spartans put the game to bed when they kicked a penalty in front of the posts.
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