DAVID Ellis’ Kenilworth had to do it the hard way in Saturday’s 24-20 bonus-point comeback win over Ludlow in Midlands One West.
Out of the 18 victories that Kenilworth have picked up this season, their latest addition to that tally will perhaps rank as their most important one to date given the 13-0 deficit that they had to overturn at The Linney.
A converted score by Will Sparrow after seven minutes was then followed by two quickfire penalties by the full back to give the hosts a shock lead.
After recovering from the early blows, Mikkel Andresen registered an unconverted try to put the first points on the board at a crucial stage before the half-time whistle.
Kenilworth then reduced the deficit to a single point following the restarts when Nyle Beckett’s try was converted by Jayde Alexander-Cruickshank.
The early score was just the tonic the visitors needed to go in front for the first time, as Nick Gerber finished off an attacking move to cross the Ludlow whitewash moments later.
Taking a 17-13 lead, Kenilworth took full control and claimed their bonus-point try when Bobby Thompson carried the ball over the the line following a five-metre scrum.
Alexander-Cruickshank was successful with the conversion.
A late try from the hosts’ Charlie Doyle brought the game back into contention late on, but Kenilworth held on to notch a seventh win in succession and stay a point above Dudley Kingswinford – having played a game more.
With no match this Saturday, the leaders are next in action at home to Newbold on Avon on Saturday March 21.