Clee Hill set for top of the table battle

CRAIG Breakwell powered a merciless Clee Hill to a 47-3 bonus point win over 14-man Greyhound on Saturday, ahead their top of the table clash with Harborne next week.

The seven-try rout keeps Clee Hill just two point off the leaders – and the performance, the first time in seven games Matthew Bowen’s side have scored over 40 , shows that they are regaining the scoring touch they showed early in the year.

While Breakwell offered the cutting edge in the centres, the win was built on scrum dominance, with two of the tries coming from pushovers.

“We treated it as training game in the end,” said Bowen, Clee Hill’s skipper.

“We tried out a few new moves – otherwise it could have been 90.

"The plan was to work out what we wanted to do against Harborne.”

Number eight Adam Yarnold, lock Gareth Powell, flanker Robbie Jordan and Charlie Evans were also on the scoresheet – however all eyes are now on next week.

“We’ve got a big one next week,” said Bowen.

“We are playing to be top of the league by Christmas.”

Third-placed Cleobury Mortimer kept the pressure on Clee Hill with an emphatic win of their own, beating Five Ways Old Edwardians 34-7.

Looking for a strong response from his team to the loss against Clee Hill the week before, skipper Allan Shields led the way with a fourteen-point haul.

Man of the match Sam Sutton crossed twice and hooker Jack Bills also scored.

With the pressure off from early in the game – Cleobury led 19-0 at the break – Shields was able to run the bench and Ben Howmand scored with his first touch.

“We tried a few different things and it worked,” said Shields.

“After last week, we were up for it.”

Fly-half Tim Downes cut Shrewsbury 2s to bits as Church Stretton Samurai claimed a 19-8 win in front of a vocal crowd.

Downes stepped his way under the posts for the opener, and added four points from the tee, before tries from winger Jack Titley and centre Joe Collins sealed the win.

Bishops Castle and Omny Valley’s power up front saw them roll past local rivals Tenbury 18-6.

Two first-half tries – with the pack earning a penalty try, and skipper Pete Bevan darting over from the base – were enough for the win, ahead of a mid-table battle at Warley on Saturday.

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