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Spartans (Midlands)
Cleobury Mortimer
R Devine, A Eyre, A Bennett (2), M Southam (3), A Garbett, M Bennett, L Rostron
Tries
T Hardy (5)
Conversions
T Hardy
Penalties
Unknown
Sat 31 Mar 15:00 - Midlands Division - Midlands 2 West (North) Full time

Spartans Bank Holiday Win

Spartans 63, Cleobury Mortimer 3.

Spartans 63, Cleobury Mortimer 3.

Being forced to replay a cancelled league game on an Easter weekend saw Spartans in no mood for charity, and with a large farming contingent on lambing duty Cleobury were needing some help if their excellent recent results were to continue. Despite some divine intervention with thirty-six hours of heavy rain before kick off, both sides wanted to play running rugby and between them created numerous opportunities as the ball was thrown about. With an air of inevitability, Spartans went ahead and kept the scoreboard operator busy as they racked up the tries, and with a bonus point in the bag before half time Cleobury had just a penalty to show for their considerable efforts.

The second half saw the Men In Black continue to dominate the game, but Cleobury kept on going and never gave up the fight. As the pitch cut up the scoring slowed down, and Spartans were able to give the bench players a try. Fresh legs and clean shirts were soon in action and the ball stayed pretty much in the visitor's half, but the visitors continued to defend well against the black tidal wave. Even an excellent high level referee enjoyed himself as the spirit of rugby shone through, but there was only going to be one winner as Spartans continued to press home their advantage and at a sixty point margin enough was enough.

This week Spartans face a much bigger challenge against an impressive Kidderminster Carolians.

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Key moments

5:00
Penalty Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
10:00
Try Ryan Devine scores for Spartans (Midlands)
15:00
Try Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
20:00
Try Ally Eyre scores for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00
Penalty Penalty kicked for Cleobury Mortimer
30:00
Try Alex Bennett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
35:00
Try Alex Bennett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
36:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
36:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
45:00
Try Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
46:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00
Try Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
61:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00
Try Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00
Try Mike Bennett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
79:00
Try Luke Rostron scores for Spartans (Midlands)
80:00
Conversion Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)

Highlights

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80:00 Conversion 63 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
79:00 Try 61 - 3
Luke Rostron scores for Spartans (Midlands)
75:00 Sub On
Andy Harrison is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
70:00 Try 56 - 3
Mike Bennett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
65:00 Try 51 - 3
Alex Garbett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
61:00 Conversion 46 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Try 44 - 3
Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
60:00 Sub On
Luke Rostron is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
55:00 Sub On
Josh Atkins is substituted on for Spartans (Midlands)
46:00 Conversion 39 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
45:00 Try 37 - 3
Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
End of period 1
36:00 Conversion 32 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
36:00 Conversion 30 - 3
Thomas Hardy kicks a conversion for Spartans (Midlands)
35:00 Try 28 - 3
Alex Bennett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00 Try 23 - 0
Alex Bennett scores for Spartans (Midlands)
30:00 Penalty 23 - 3
Penalty kicked for Cleobury Mortimer
20:00 Try 18 - 0
Ally Eyre scores for Spartans (Midlands)
15:00 Try 13 - 0
Matt Southam scores for Spartans (Midlands)
10:00 Try 8 - 0
Ryan Devine scores for Spartans (Midlands)
5:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Thomas Hardy kicks a penalty for Spartans (Midlands)
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Spartans (Midlands)
  • Cleobury Mortimer
  • 0
  • Thomas Hardy Penalty 5:00'
  • Ryan Devine Try 10:00'
  • Matt Southam Try 15:00'
  • Ally Eyre Try 20:00'
  • Alex Bennett Try 30:00'
  • Penalty 30:00'
  • Alex Bennett Try 35:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 36:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 36:00'
  • Matt Southam Try 45:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 46:00'
  • Josh Atkins Sub On 55:00'
  • Matt Southam Try 60:00'
  • Luke Rostron Sub On 60:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 61:00'
  • Alex Garbett Try 65:00'
  • Mike Bennett Try 70:00'
  • Andy Harrison Sub On 75:00'
  • Luke Rostron Try 79:00'
  • Thomas Hardy Conversion 80:00'

Team selection

Garbett, Alex Garbett, Alex
Southam, Matt Southam, Matt
Bushell, Andy Bushell, Andy
Bennett, Alex Bennett, Alex
Garbett, Brett Garbett, Brett
Hardy, Thomas Hardy, Thomas
Friend, Sam Friend, Sam
Bennett, Mike Bennett, Mike
Bennett, Andrew Bennett, Andrew
Sanders, Will Sanders, Will
Eyre, Ally Eyre, Ally
Owen, Jamie Owen, Jamie
O'Donovan, Chris O'Donovan, Chris
Bates-Powell, Perry Bates-Powell, Perry
Devine, Ryan Devine, Ryan

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Whitchurch 21 98
2. Crewe & Nantwich 22 80
3. Leek 21 69
4. Spartans (Midlands) 22 66
5. Ludlow 22 62
6. Veseyans 22 57
7. Walsall 22 53

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