9th Dec, 2016

Birmingham Exiles share the spoils with Evesham

Solihull Editorial 18th Sep, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

AN ENTERTAINING display of attacking rugby ended in a 22-22 draw between Birmingham Exiles and Evesham.

The first 20 minutes were scoreless, though Evesham dominated territorially and the Exiles had to put in some determined defence to keep them out.

Then, against the run of play, Exiles took the lead when speedy right winger Dan Williams hared down the touchline, cutting in to score a try by the posts to give Nic Strong a straightforward conversion.

Evesham reapplied themselves and in the ten minutes before the break posted tries from Henry Hopper and Luke Fishlock to set up the second half nicely at 7-10.

Evesham struck again first early the second half, Dave Scott touching down for a try that was goaled by James Bishop.

Once again it looked as though the visitors might run away with matters, but an opportunistic score from the base of a scrum by half back Dan Pinfield, with stand-off James Shackleton converting cut the gap to three points at 14-17.

Evesham, though, were beginning too concede rather too many penalties and it was from one such that Shackleton kicked a goal to bring the two sides level again.

Back came Evesham once more, with Fred Hopper crossing for a try to make the score 17-22.

As the minutes ticked away, Exiles went to the Evesham line. A clearance kick by Evesham was charged down and Stu Meacham was on hand to dive on the loose ball to level the scores once more at 22-22.

And that, despite some frantic lastt-minute efforts from both sides, is how it stayed.