DUDLEY K'FORD 0
ON A bright but cold sunny afternoon at Heathbrook that elusive first win of the season has still not materialised. A workmanlike Preston side, after withstanding some early Dudley pressure, ran out comfortable winners in the end.
With the wind at their backs Dudley immediately went on the attack and for the first twenty minutes they pinned Preston in their own half. Attack after attack came to nothing as the home side strived to get the first score of the afternoon. All they had to show for their efforts was a sole penalty attempt from fly half Gareth Bown who hit the post.
Preston were then reduced to fourteen men when flanker Sam Wallbank was yellow carded for killing the ball at the breakdown. Dudley failed to capitalise, and it was the visitors who opened the scoring with a penalty from fly half Lewis Allan. Still a man short, Preston remained on the offensive and were rewarded with an unconverted try scored by their centre John Ward.
The game turned on a crucial five minutes before and after half time. DK scrum half Connah Jones was harshly adjudged to be interfering at the breakdown and sent to the bin. Preston, restored to full strength, chose to run the penalty, but the ball was turned over, and Dudley's clearance kick failed to find touch. A fine counter attack by the visitors resulted in a try in the final play of the half.
With the wind in their favour the visitors immediately took the game to DK and scored with their first attack of the second half to all but end the game as a contest. From the kick off they broke through some weak Dudley tackling to launch an attack which resulted in a fine team try converted by Lewis Allan.
However, the now customary second half heroics by the home side did not materialise, and on this occasion DK just could not raise enough momentum to breach the visitors' defence.
The visitors ran in two further tries with left wing Conor Truman scorning wide out before centre Sean Taylor bagged his second of the afternoon with Allan adding the conversion as the final play of the game.
With only four league matches remaining, the end of the season cannot come quickly enough, when hopefully, as a group, the players can recharge their batteries, regroup and come back fitter, stronger and ready to compete next season in National 3 Midlands. The club owes this group of players a huge debt of gratitude for their 'never say die' attitude throughout this season and their commitment and dedication to Dudley Kingswinford.
Next week DK travel to the South Yorkshire to play Sheffield. Kick Off 3:00 pm.