Uttoxeter 28 v 11 Telford Hornets
UTTOXETER won their third game on the bounce and secured maximum points as their Midlands Four West (North) promotion charge gathers pace.
The Town hammered Telford Hornets 28-11 with tries from Paul Milward, James Williams, Pete Allen and Chris Owen.
Former Rocester footballer Milward also showed he has has not lost his ability to kick cleanly with four excellent conversions.
Uttoxeter began at great pace, with Bobby Armett and Jim Holmes breaking through midfield, while the back row of Mike Davies, Miles Pilcher and Pete Allen were working superbly as a unit.
Telford began to get into the game after the Town dominated the opening 20 minutes, but were hit with a sucker punch as Milward scored a fine individual try.
He read a miss pass, flattened visiting winger Matt Hutchins, took the ball and scorched past the cover to score in the corner. The scrum-half then converted his own try.
Telford went down to 14 men after a yellow card was shown for repeated high tackles.
Uttoxeter took advantage with their second try, Williams slipping through the cover after good work from man-of-thematch Shaun Gorman, Owen and Lewis Bain.
Milward again converted with a tidy kick.
They then let their concentration slip and Telford hit two penalties before halftime to close the gap to 14-6.
After the break, visiting fly-half Ben Lewis fired a perfect cross-field kick to Hutchins and he handed off Milward — getting payback for his first-half flattening — before speeding into the corner.
Telford’s revival was soon stopped in its tracks, however.
Steve Woolley won a scrum against the head, allowing Owen to spin the ball out to Bain. He switched the ball to Allen, who crashed over for his first try of the season. Milward again converted.
After James Gill spurned an opportunity for another try, knocking on short of the line, the Town got a killer fourth score.
No 8 Davies picked up off the back of a scrum and unselfishly offloaded for Owen to go over. The fourth try gave Uttoxeter a bonus point and Milward converted before the Town held off the visitors to deny them a losing bonus point.
The Town are still second in the table as they look to bounce straight back to Midlands Three.
UTTOXETER have been drawn at home to Worksop in the second round of the RFU Junior Vase. The match will be played on October 13.
UTTOXETER 2nds drew 12-12 with Eccleshall 2nds despite only fielding 14 men.
Centre Andy Haigh scored two tries, with Aaron Lakin hitting one conversion as they moved up to third plce in the 2nd XV Merit Table C North.
The 2nd XV are still looking to bolster their ranks as they continue to challenge for the title.
Any interested players should contact Lewis Bain on 07758 284166.