Alcester 0, Evesham U-13 36

THE visitors, captained by Jonathan Farrar with pack leader Ross Hayward, piled pressure on to the home forwards who succumbed in only the third minute when Sam Hopkins scored.

Evesham continued to dominate with a succession of driving mauls forcing their opponents on the defensive.

Mike Ibbotson, Scott Roberts and Adam Meadows added their weight to the pack with impressive driving and, after forcing Alcester to their five-metre line, Ben Farrar, burst from the maul and forced his way through to score. Mike Diston added the conversion.

The visitors continued their onslaught, while spoiling any attempts Alcester made to break free. Newcomer Tom Zube made several good runs down the right wing as did Tom Singleton-Wells on the opposite flank.

Evesham made several substitutions for the second half with Anthony Watts replacing Ian Sime at No 8 and Scott Walker replacing Zube.

However, Alcester had regrouped and pushed Evesham back but superb defensive work from player of the match Mike Gander and Matt Hyde prevented the hosts from gaining too much ground.

Several long kicks upfield were brilliantly dealt with by Henry Appleby, playing at full back for the first time, while Josh Greatrix came on to make his debut at prop.

Hopkins once again made an opening and surged through the Alcester defence to score his second try again converted by Diston to give Evesham a healthy 19-0 lead.

Alcester once again turned on the heat but failed to hinder Evesham's progress with half-backs James Ingleby and Matt Hyde passing the ball to the backs at every opportunity.

It was left to Diston to create his own space and burst through for a deserved try that he confidently converted before further tries from Ben Farrar and Watts completed a fine victory.

The Under-13s are next in action on Sunday at Hereford.