Josh Phillips is Cleobury Mortimer Rugby Club's hero in 22-7 home win over Tenbury Rugby Club in Midlands Four West (North) (From Ludlow Advertiser)
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Josh Phillips is Cleobury Mortimer Rugby Club's hero in 22-7 home win over Tenbury Rugby Club in Midlands Four West (North)
Cleobury Mortimer 22 pts Tenbury 7 pts
FLANKER Josh Phillips was Cleobury Mortimer’s two-try hero in their hard-fought derby success over Tenbury.
Skipper Allan Shields insists that his high-flying side can play much better in this season’s Midlands Four West (North) campaign.
“I wasn’t happy with our firsthalf display, we gave away far too many penalties,” said Shields, who scored and converted Cleobury’s opening try.
“There was a bit of fisticuffs and bickering between the two sides and there were a few players yellow-carded.
“We were very happy with the win and it is g reat to win a local derby, but we have a lot of work to do.”
Cleobury are joint top of the table with local rivals Clee Hill and travel to Warley this Saturday.
The hosts opened up a 7-0 lead in last weekend’s derby before Tenbury’s Sam Thomas ran from his own half to touch down and ex-Cleobury player Ben King slotted the extras.
The score was 7-7 at the interval but Willie Bache restored Cleobury’s lead with a try early in the second period. Phillips sealed the success with two touchdowns.
Tenbury skipper Pete Stevens, who was sin-binned for a trip, said: “Cleobury were a bit more cutting than us and took their chances well. But I think we will bounce back to beat Cleobury and Clee Hill in the return matches.”