Leamington 12 Nuneaton Old Edwardians 28: Try of the match proves to be some consolation for outplayed Leamington

Leamington suffered their second league defeat of the season at the hands of Nuneaton Old Ed’s, who earlier in the season had sent the home side crashing out of the Warwickshire Cup.

Danny Ruyssevelt squeezes over in the corner for Leamington against Nuneaton Old Edwardians. Picture: Gina Ruyssevelt
Danny Ruyssevelt squeezes over in the corner for Leamington against Nuneaton Old Edwardians. Picture: Gina Ruyssevelt

It was a day when very little went right for Spa and they will be pleased to have a break from playing this well-drilled, fit and robust outfit until the away fixture later in the season.

The visitors took the lead in the third minute with a penalty goal, having already missed an earlier attempt.

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Then the Spa defence, which is usually impervious, allowed the Nuneaton winger too much room and he raced in to score in the corner.

By this time, barely ten minutes had registered on the clock.

Spa went further behind to another try but there was a brief respite when Danny Ruyssevelt scored in the far corner following some slick handling.

However, before Leamington had time to build on this, they fell further behind following an interception.

The die was finally cast in the closing minutes of the half as Nuneaton increased their lead with a converted score for a 25-5 half-time lead.

Spa upped the tempo after the interval and, for the first time, began to exert some pressure on the Nuneaton defence, camping in the visitors’ 22.

Old Ed’s withstood the pressure and increased their lead with a penalty goal before Spa scored the try of the match courtesy of some exquisite play.

A crossfield kick from Nuneaton was claimed by Jamie Harrison who set off upfield teasing the Nuneaton defenders on the way. Tom Daplyn was in support and the two fooled the visitors with some direct running which allowed Harrison to race in under the posts.

Tom Jewitt claimed maximum benefit with the conversion to leave the home support with something positive to take from the match.