RUGBY UNION - Hornets raise money for Alzheimer's Society with Redditch friendly - The Solihull Observer

RUGBY UNION - Hornets raise money for Alzheimer's Society with Redditch friendly

Solihull Editorial 13th Apr, 2023   0

BIRMINGHAM and Solihull Hornets helped raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society in a friendly against Redditch RFC at Portway.

The fundraiser was organised by Bees player Brad Sinclair who has raised more than £2,500 for the charity.

Sinclair, along with Bees’ first team kicking coach Keith Scott and senior player James Bowater, took charge of the Hornets in the absence of head coach James Panter and assistant Tom Fleming.

The Hornets and Redditch both featured guest players with some having played for both teams to make for a fine spectacle.

And the Hornets struck first when Pete Gordon touched down following some classy work from PJ Hatch before the latter dotted down moments later as Jake Hendon converted both tries.

Solihull increased their lead when guest player Tom Hillen beat four Redditch defenders to score as new stand off Hendon converted.

Redditch eventually troubled the scoreboard with an impressive score in the corner which was converted after some sustained pressure on the Hornets line.

However, Solihull scored straight from the restart as Jack Shelton dotted down in the corner on what was just his second game back from a serious injury with the effort converted by Hendon.

And Elliott Taylor then scored a debut try for the Hornets in the corner after he was set free by Hendon who then missed the conversion.

Redditch scored their second converted try late on to add some respectability to the final scoreline as Hornets ran out 33-14 winners.

Birmingham and Solihull Bees are next in action against Rugeley RFC on Saturday, April 15 in the second round of the Papa Johns Community Cup with kick-off at 3pm at Portway.

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