Birmingham Civil Service 42 Claverdon 15
CLAVERDON produced one of their worst performances of the season and crashed to a disappointing Midlands Four West (South) defeat in Birmingham on Saturday.
The Lions were looking to improve on a great performance in their last league outing but they suffered the worst possible start on a tiny pitch when the hosts scored a converted try.
The lead was extended with a penalty but Claverdon rallied well and Doz Ward took advantage of the small playing area to slot over a penalty and reduce the arrears.
The visitors then lost Scott Conduit and Ian Wyllie to injury forcing Jean Visser and Andy Lidsey on the field earlier than had been planned.
Both sides exchanged penalties to leave Claverdon still very much in touch at 13-6 down.
Civil Service then took control and scored a well worked try from their fly-half who jinked his way past the Claverdon defence to score a converted try.
Claverdon again fought back and made valuable yards from a well worked backs move through outside centre Tom Johnson.
From the resulting ruck, Ward made no mistake to fire a drop goal straight through the posts to leave the Lions trailing 20-9 at the interval.
The second half started brighter for the visitors and Ward soon added a further three points to leave the game on a knife edge.
But Claverdon allowed the home side to dominate both lineouts and scrums.
A lineout 20 metres out was cleverly caught and driven forward by the strong Service pack all the way over the line for a great team try which was duly converted.
Further penalties from the Civil Service centre put the game out of reach and Claverdon simply had no reply.
A miserable afternoon was rounded off with the aid of the Service fly half who again jinked his way past the poor defence to score his third try of the game and leave a sorry Lions team with their tails between their legs.
Ward did convert another penalty but the final whistle put Claverdon out of their misery.
Claverdon host leaders Ledbury this Saturday with the clash following their vice-president’s lunch.
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