North Midlands Women ended their Gill Burns County Championship campaign on a high with a 29-19 victory over Notts, Lincs & Derbyshire in their final group match at Derby University.
The match was switched to the university’s 4G pitch because the surface at Southwell, the intended venue, was deemed too hard to be playable.
North Midlands also had to overcome traffic problems to get to Derby but they showed character and resilience to record their first win of the season.
An unconverted try from Moseley’s Emily Dove gave North Midlands an early lead which was soon cancelled out by a converted score from the hosts.
But it was North Midlands who had the upper hand for the rest of the half. An unconverted try from Worcester’s Rhiannon Donnahey, followed by two tries from Jo Richards (Worcester) and Birmingham University’s Gemma Reynard plus a conversion from Donnahey gave them a commanding a 24-7 lead at the break.
North Midlands needed that 17 points cushion as NLD staged a second half fightback and trimmed the deficit to five points.
But resolute defence from North Midlands prevented NLD adding further tries and an unconverted try from Bridgnorth’s Ruth Middleton from the final play of the match sealed the win.