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Tenbury beat Clee Hill in Midlands Four West (North) local derby
Clee Hill 18 pts Tenbury 27.
SKIPPER Pete Stevens hailed free-scoring Richard Wozencroft whose second-half hat-trick kept Tenbury in the promotion hunt.
Wozencroft has now grabbed 11 tries and his last-minute touchdown killed off Clee Hill’s spirited derby fightback last Saturday.
The only disappointment for Tenbury was a freak injury to Matt Ord, who lost the end of a finger during a re-start in play.
“Matt’s finger got caught in the shorts of a Clee Hill player and it took the end off,” explained Stevens.
“We found the end of Matt’s finger on the floor and it was taken to hospital too, but sadly, it couldn’t be stitched back on.
“Matt’s having plastic surgery, I think, but he won’t be able to play for a while.”
Stevens’ side are now second in Midlands Four West (North) with five wins from six league matches.
Tenbury host mid-table Harborne at Palmer’s Meadow this Saturday.
“We will be looking to put one over on Harborne and I am confident we’ll do it,” said Stevens.
Tenbury played up the slope and against the wind in the first half at Clee Hill and trailed 6-5 at the interval.
Craig Breakwell slotted two penalties for the hosts, while Will Gough scored Tenbury’s first-half try.
However, Wozencroft put Tenbury ahead with his first try, which Alex Brazier converted.
Wozencroft added his second try soon afterwards and Brazier added the extras to put the visitors 19-6 in front.
Home winger Yan Richardson scored out wide and then Craig Breakwell also crossed.
Brazier kicked his second penalty for Tenbury and the visitors led 22-18.
Stevens said: “Clee Hill threw the ball wide going for the try, which would have won the game but Wozencroft intercepted it and raced down the other end to score.
“It was a brilliant finish and Alex Brazier has been superb with his kicking - he’s kicking everything at the moment. Pete Foster also had a superb game.
“But whole team are playing brilliantly at the moment.”
“Hill captain Matt Bowen and me know each other very well and I knew we could win if we kept our heads.”
l Tenbury are holding a family day at Penlu after this Saturday’s home match at Palmer’s Meadow.
There will be a bouncy castle and warm refreshments and the Penlu party is open to everyone in the town.