Rugby Union
Exiles edge past Wellesbourne

By Jamie Arrowsmith Monday 04 February 2013 Updated: 06/02 18:21

Birmingham Exiles 6 Wellesbourne 5

Midlands Five West (South)

A FINE defensive display helped Exiles make it two victories in a row on Saturday as they edged past Wellesbourne in a low scoring encounter.

Exiles began brightly as Dan Johnstone, the pick of the backs on show, made a good break down the right before a knock on ruined the attack.

The hosts did get themselves ahead in the 15th minute though when another attack down the right led to them winning a penalty and Johnstone made no mistake in scoring from out wide.

Wellesbourne responded with their first sustained spell of pressure and upon winning a penalty decided to opt for a scrum rather than a kick at goal, but Exiles kept them out and won a penalty of their own which allowed them to clear the danger.

Pinfield's afternoon came to an early end after 30 minutes when he had to leave the field through injury, but Exiles went into the break on a high thanks to Johnstone's second penalty of the game giving them a 6-0 lead.

A crunching tackle from Pattison prevented Wellesbourne from crossing the try line early in the second half before the forward exchanges became increasingly intense and an off the ball scuffle led to the referee handing out a few stern words.

Back on the attack, Wellesbourne once again opted for a crum when awarded a penalty and, picking up at the base, scrum half Mark Aston found an inviting gap on the short side to go over in the corner, cutting the gap to a point.

The majority of the remainder of the contest took place in Exiles' half and once again forward clashes became heated, leading to Thompson receiving a yellow card.

Wellesbourne were given the chance to grab victory late on when awarded a penalty but the kick was off target, leaving the visitors to climb up to third place in the table.

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