Camp Hill completed the 'home and away double' over Leeds rivals Leodiensians as Sunday's return fixture – this time hosted at the Haslucks Green Road site – ended with Solihull's Chargers taking the bragging rights…and on a mild autumn afternoon, a brighter start couldn't have been asked for…
Outside centre Hannah Bussey opened the early scoring with a smooth circum-navigation of Leo's constricted defence. Winger Kath Adie, in sparkling form with the boot, smartly added the 2 point conversion and Camps' realigned with a visible bounce in their step. However, Leodiensians' seasoned campaigners were quick to rebuff Camps intent, no. 8 Sarah Beale in particular leading from the front to rubber stamp the visitors commitment. Two poorly defended tries clinically exploited left the maroon and light blues with a bitter-tasting 3 point deficit. Nevertheless, with just moments to spare the Chargers re-asserted their control to go into the break 14-10 ahead.
Moving the ball with conviction, the forwards made hard yards in order to manage possession - pick 'n' drives and rolling maul technicality all featuring. From 5m out scrum-half Vanita Henry sniped from the base but it was 2nd rower Olivia Horgan that earnt the score with an unstoppable lunge for the line which also marked her maiden try in Camp Hill colours. Adie struck a touchline goal to put Camps back and in doing so brought the first half to a close.
Cut out the simple errors and focus on the ruck area were the concise words from Head Coach Reece Spee ahead of the second fourty-minutes. With this reinforced instruction delivered came a tighter second half performance from the divisions' second placed team. Firmer defence and coordinated counter-rucking yielded the platform Camps forwards were looking for with the back-row trio of flankers Lucy Pollard and Sheena Larkin and no. 8 Antoinette Morgan, celebrating her 100th club cap, making their mark in the loose with deep cutting charges that each ended beyond the Leos gain-line, the resurgent (prop) Michelle Woolgrove profiting to dive over for her first score of the season.
Adie completed the day's scoring and a 13 point personal haul with a sweet try swiftly delivered courtesy of fly-half Beckie Morgan – Adie's pace onto the ball and Morgan's delightful inside pass foiling the oppositions' drift defence. With another near-touchline conversion called for Adie's golden touch and indeed golden boot was never in doubt. Final score: Camp Hill Chargers 28 – 10 Leodiensians WRFC
Next up: 02.12.07 Norwich's Lakenham Hewett (away), kick off scheduled for 2pm.
Additional notes: Antoinette Morgan, debut game vs. Glossop (08.10.00) – has scored 13 career tries so far; integral part of the previous three West Midlands Regional Championship winning teams and this season was invited to the RFUW's High Performance Academy and Super 4 trials, the pathway to England selection. Antoinette is 27 and hails from Chelmsley Wood.
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