NORTH East Worcestershire Ravens redeemed themselves in Saturday’s Midland Premier game against Telford Raiders, who just three weeks earlier had handed Ravens an 84-12 thumping.
Ravens’ defence collapsed badly in the first meeting between the sides this season, but this time around they put right many of those wrongs as they lost by 30-18.
The hosts fielded a full squad and went out with all guns blazing and after just five minutes, Brad Sinclair opened the scoring for them with a trademark try, to which David Wimbury added the extras.
Ravens’ confidence grew and they started to offload the ball well and play more expansively, much to the delight of their coaches who have been looking for this all season.
However, this style of play was risky and Raiders were able to exploit this with turnovers which led to tries in the tenth and 14 minutes.
Ravens tightened up the play and their defence held firm for the next 18 minutes until Telford took advantage of back-to-back penalties and scored just before half time to lead 18-6.
The second half was hard fought but again Ravens gave away possession with ambitious play all over the park and Telford played the percentage game and took their opportunities from these mistakes.
Raiders scored three unconverted tries in the opening 21 minutes of the second half but eventually Ravens’ open play started to pay off and Mark Austin skipped through a tiring Raiders defence for a fine score which Wimbury converted.
Ravens’ James Pritchard then marked his return to the club with a blistering run and try on 76 minutes which Wimbury converted but, despite late pressure, the hosts were unable to gain further reward.
Fifth placed Ravens have no game this weekend and return to action at Leamington Royals on July 23.