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Droitwich put Spartans to the sword

Bromsgrove Editorial 16th Jan, 2015 Updated: 17th Oct, 2016

DROITWICH Spa boosted their bid to retain their Midlands Two West (South) status with an emphatic 43-6 victory over relegation rivals Spartans last Saturday.

Tries from James Shewell, Sam Davenport and Glenn Topping put Spa in a commanding position at half time and they refused to take their foot off the gas in the second period.

The returning Ian Young struck twice, while there were also tries for Nick Godrey and Will Baillon as Droitwich went on to celebrate one of their best displays of the season.

However, they did not get off to the best of starts at the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground as Spartans knocked over two penalties to open up a 6-0 lead.

As the half wore on, though, it appeared Spa’s young back-line was providing too hot to handle for the visitors who soon fell behind. A show and go by fly half Bobby Scott-Walker produced a two on one for Shewell to dive in under the posts.

Droitwich were now growing in confidence and with that came another try, with Davenport touching down after ten phases of play sucked the visitors’ defence in for an overlap out wide.

Considering the wind was strongly against Spa, they did well to finish the first half with three tries as Topping scored the last of those just before the break.

Knowing a maximum point victory would move them above Spartans in the table, third bottom Spa continued to press home their advantage and quickly secured the bonus point. A long kick into the corner enabled the Droitwich forwards to steal line-out ball and for Godfrey to go over with a push over try.

Spartans were struggling to get out of their own half while Spa were taking their chances when they came as Young showed great speed and agility to score twice under the posts.

Duncan Hughes’ men then rounded off the win with a try from Baillon who demonstrated superb strength and determination to force his way through the visitors defence.

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