North Midlands bounced back from their heavy defeat by Surrey in their opening County Championship Bill Beaumont Cup Division Two South match to beat Devon 34-24 at Brixham today.
North Midlands again fell behind early on but this time showed great composure to recover and score six tries in a convincing win.
There were two tries from Bromsgrove flanker Sam Montieri, who recovered from a jaw injury suffered against Surrey, and one each from Luctonians wing Alex Smith, debutant full-back Joe Doyle, Stourbridge lock Nick Murphy and Bromsgrove back row forward Phil Horton with Luctonians fly-hald Tom Jones adding two conversions.
“This was a much-improved performance,” said North Midlands coach Dan Protherough. “We were 12-0 down inside 10 minutes but we played a lot better than we did last week and we showed a lot of resilience when Devon came back at the end.
“Our pack dominated this week and a solid scrum and line-out gave us a much better foundation. Phil Horton had an outstanding game at the back of the scrum and Tom Jones controlled things well at fly-half.
“Joe Doyle also had an excellent game at full-back on his debut. He was playing for Ludlow last season and he has stepped up to playing National Two rugby for Luctonians this season.
“He’s probably a bit of an unknown to most people but he had an excellent game for us today.”
North Midlands play Somerset at Stourbridge in their final group match on May 23 (3pm) and will need to convincingly win and hope that Devon cane do them a favour by inflicting a heavy defeat on unbeaten Surrey if they are to have any chance of topping the pool and winning promotion.