IT WAS a winning start to the new Midlands 5 West South league for Birmingham Exiles after the narrowly got the better of Trinity Guild 21-22 in Baginston on Saturday.
A penalty goal by George Rea right at the death enabled the visitors to take home all four league points although in truth they should have had the game wrapped up well before them.
The Exiles’ tries came courtesy of Joe Foy, Dan Williams and Ben Halliwell, with the last two being converted by Rea.
This Saturday they are in action against when they continue their league program with a home fixture against Wellesbourne.
Elsewhere, it was a promising debut for the club’s ladies side who put up an encouraging performance but ultimately lost out to a fare more experienced Amber Valley side 20-45.
It was Exiles who scored first through Megan Satterley who found space to cross but despite some dogged defence, it was Amber Valley who dominated the rest of the half and they went on to scoring three tries, two of them converted, to lead 5-19 at the midway point.
The second half proved to be a much closer contest as the Exiles posted three more tries, two from Ruth Aston and one from Laura Murphy but another four tries saw the visitors take the win.