DUDLEY K'FORD 0
Dudley Kingswinford: 15 Nick Adams; 14 Liam Marshall; 13 Sam Shepherd; 12 Harry Bayliss; 11 Donovan Smile; 10 Kieran Pinches; 9 Connah Jones; 1 Danny Richards; 2 Matt Humphreys; 3 Al Francis; 4 Ed Parry; 5 Nick Murphy; 6 Sam Pedley; 7 Matt Squires; 8 Jon Tideswell;
Replacements: 16 Dan Shakespeare; 17 Russ Newall; 18 Joe Francis; 19 Will Hancox; 20 Rhodri Williams.
Once again the faultless and undying spirit of this Dudley team shone like a beacon on the bright sunny afternoon at Heathbrook. Alas all to no avail as DK's season of woe continued at the hands of a very workmanlike Bees' side who ran out comfortable winners in the end.
With the wind at their backs, Dudley were immediately on the back foot as they lost flanker Matt Squires to the sin bin after only two minutes for allegedly killing the ball at a ruck. Only the referee saw the offence. Bees took advantage of the extra man and launched an attack in midfield with fly half Adam Canning making the decisive break and raced almost un-opposed to the posts to score the opening try which he converted to take Bees into a 7-0 lead after 10 minutes.
With Squires still off the pitch another strong attack by the visitors saw left wing Fensome go over for their second try which Canning just failed to convert.
Back up to full strength, DK then launched a number of attacks themselves but were unable to breach a solid defence and their only reward was a solitary penalty which fly half Kieran Pinches narrowly missed.
Further good work by the forwards saw them press the visitors' line but despite their best efforts they just lacked that final cutting edge to get them over the try line.
However, the key difference between the two teams was that when the visitors got into the home 22, they pressed the advantage and were rewarded with a further two tries.
The first was an interception by Adam Canning, bagging his second of the match by running almost the full length of the pitch, and the other by influential scrum half Rod Petty just on half time. Both tries were converted by Canning.
Half Time: DK 0
Birmingham Solihull 26
With the wind advantage in the favour of the visitors the signs for the home side were ominous, but those odds do not faze DK and they opened the half strongly, and continued to press, but still couldn't find a way through.
However, the now customary second half heroics were not rewarded by points, and despite Bees losing two players to the sin bin, DK could not find a way over the line to get the scores they so
Influential number eight Jon Tideswell forced his way over, but was adjudged not to have grounded the ball, which summed up DK's luck on the day. In the forwards, none worked harder than hooker Matt Humphreys who was ably supported by his front row colleagues Al Francis and Danny Richards, whilst the boiler room duo of skipper Ed Parry and Nick Murphy put in a huge shift against increasingly difficult odds.
In the backs, young centre Harry Bayliss, and wing Liam Marshall together with industrious scrum half Connah Jones were the pick, with Sam Shepherd putting in a good shift before being replaced late on by colt Will Hancox.
After soaking up all the DK pressure and restored to 15 men the visitors scored two further tries in the last ten minutes by second row Chris Goddard, with Canning missing both conversions.
Saturday marked the last game this season for winger Liam Marshall as he leaves shortly on a worldwide adventure, as all students do these days.
Next week DK travel to the Wirral to play Caldy. Kick Off 3:00 pm.