Sedgley Tigers run up another century score in seventh straight victory

Johnny Matthews was on the scoresheet

Johnny Matthews was on the scoresheet

First published in Sport

by Claire Cameron

IN another record-breaking win, Sedgley Tigers took their points tally to more than 200 in their last two home fixtures with a 111-15 victory over bottom side Dudley Kingswinford on Saturday.

Since losing to third-placed Stourbridge in early October the Tigers have won seven in a row in National League Two North and are in good shape heading into the festive period.

Tigers’ manager Geoff Roberts said: “When you looked at the league table six weeks ago we were playing teams in the bottom half of the table, while in the beginning we were playing teams at the top. “We’re entering that scenario again now.

“We expect a fairly tough encounter next week at Birmingham because they’ve put some good performances in. “That tough match is followed by Preston at home, which is our local derby.

“When we launch into next year we’ve really got to be at the top of our game with Sheffield away and then Macclesfield away on the trot. “Then we have Chester at home, so we’ve really got to start focusing on it.”

In a clinical performance against Dudley, the impressive Tigers ran in 17 tries during an exhibition of hard fast rugby.

Geoff said: “When you nail bite every week you think it would be nice just to be comfortable but when you get wins like that I sometimes think it would be nice to have a nail-biter as it makes you feel you’ve achieved something more.

“You hear people saying it gets boring when it gets to that high of a score, and it’s true. “It seems in the end that you’re scoring every time you get the ball. “It was very difficult to pick a stand out player. We had the luxury of keeping one or two guys out. “We didn’t play Callum McShane at scrum half, we didn’t play James Lloyd in the second row and we didn’t put Juan Crous on, so we had a chance to give some of the guys a bit of a rest, which should help for next week.”

The Tigers took the lead in the seventh minute with Chris Parrott going over for an unconverted try. Johnny Matthews added the hosts’ second try on 12 minutes, which was converted by Steve Collins.

The Tigers stretched their lead to 26-0 with Andrew Riley and Chris Wilkinson both scoring tries and Collins again adding the conversions, before Dudley scored their first try through Samuel Pedley.

Riley and Lamprey added further tries with Collins converting one to give the Tigers a 38-5 lead at half time.

There was no let up for the visitors in the second half as a Riley hat-trick and Collins’ conversions extended the lead, before a rare Dudley attack saw Daniel Hawkins go over for an unconverted try.

In a one-sided final 35 minutes the Tigers notched up a further nine tries with Lamprey going over four times and braces apiece from Riley and Wilkinson, with Robert Holloway all adding to the score. Collins added all the conversions to take the score to 111-10.

Dudley had the final say of the afternoon with a try in the closing minutes.

On Saturday, Sedgley are away to sixth-placed Birmingham Solihull, kick off 3pm.

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