Hickman conversion proves difference for Kenilworth

Ed Hannam scored a crucial try as Kenilworth edged out Whitchurch.
Ed Hannam scored a crucial try as Kenilworth edged out Whitchurch.
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Kenilworth held on to claim a 17-16 victory at a sun-bathed Whitchurch, moving up to fourth in Midlands One West in the process.

Spectators barely had time to draw breath before Rhys Jones touched down for Ks’ first try, set up by a break from Bobby Thompson.

Josh Hickman added the extras.

Whitchurch replied with a penalty and then took the lead with an unconverted try as they took advantage of some liberal refereeing.

A second unconverted try following a chip and chase extended their lead to six points, with Hickman failing to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time after sending a penalty wide of the posts.

Joe Yeomanson thought he had scored the visitors’ second try after the break, only to be pulled up for a contentious offside.

However, with half an hour remaining, Josh Hickman’s penalty brought it back to 13-10.

Kenilworth scored the match-winning try 15 minutes later with Ed Hannam crossing after good work by Nick Collett and Mikkel Andreson.

Hickman’s fine touchline conversion put Kenilworth four points to the good, but Whitchurch replied straight from the restart with a three-pointer.

Ks then withstood sustained late pressure from the home side, with Hannams kick to touch ensuring a hard-fought win.