NORTH East Worcestershire Ravens had a tough battle on their hands as they were defeated by double reigning Midlands South champions Northampton Demons.
With an abundance of players including some novices and new faces, Ravens were quick off the line as they got the first try of the game courtesy of Liam Dunne before David Wimbury added the extras.
The Demons were quick to respond down the wings and some strong defending towards the end of the half kept Ravens in the game.
After the interval, Demons took advantage of the newly formed Ravens squad and ran in some quick tries before Ravens found their feet, maintaining a solid defence for the late stages of the second half.
Ravens completed the afternoon’s scoring with skipper David Swaysland touching down before Wimbury converted once again leaving the score at 54-12 to the Demons at full-time.
The Ravens will look to return to winning ways tomorrow (Saturday) as they make the journey to South Birmingham Hawks.
On Sunday, the Ravens’ juniors headed to Telford for the second South Midlands Development Day which saw more than 50 players enjoying England’s ‘Embed the Pathway’ training.
The days are proving to be very popular with the players who are getting to experience new types of training regimes from different coaches as well as small fixtures against a selection of other clubs.
The Ravens have also announced their under-ten players will be supporting the Four Nations double-header fixture at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry on November 5 when they will get the chance to walk out with the New Zealand squad as match mascots.
Anyone interested in joining the club to support the under-tens should email Gail Fry at email@example.com.
Ravens juniors will be back at Kings Norton RFC for training on Sunday from 10.30am.