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Pimlow continues his Upton try streak
6:20pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in Rugby
UPTON’S pre-season preparations finished with a 24-5 friendly win at Painswick.
An almost full-strength Old Street line-up only played 60 minutes due to poor light but there were positives for tomorrow’s North Midlands Shield first-round clash at Kidderminster Carolians.
New recruit George Ainge played well in the centres and the forwards again showed good levels of fitness, power and cohesion.
Despite Painswick looking athletic, they could not cope with Upton’s scrum and power at the breakdown.
Rich Clive was a thorn in the side with Chris O’Neil and Max Macfarlane almost unstoppable in the loose.
Added to the experience of Matt Jeffreys, Oli Jones and Adam Heath, coach Stuart Brooks has some difficult decisions over his first competitive squad.
Upton’s first try came after countless forward phases with Macfarlane, Jeffreys, O’Neil and Charlie Abbey all driving forward.
The ball was knocked from fly-half Dan Keyte’s grasp and new hooker Ed Haynes pounced for a try which O’Neil converted.
Upton scored a second on 20 minutes when Alex Pimlow fielded a kick and exchanged passes with Dan Aldersey before weaving through from 60 metres to bag his eighth try in two games.
The visitors made changes but continued to dominate and stole a line-out close in, driving over through Brooks.
Painswick spread the ball wide for a consolation try but Upton scored a deserved fourth via Keyte who supported a Pimlow break.