RUGELEY 1st XV came from behind to chalk up a crucial, late win over Warley in the Midlands 5 West (North) promotion battle.
The 14-12 home success saw Rugeley move back into second spot, behind leaders St Leonards, who were winners away to Birmingham Barbarians.
Adam Grocott missed, then kicked an early penalty to give Rugeley a 3-0 lead, but Warley hit back and levelled with a similar effort on 16 minutes.
Warley continued to pile on the pressure, but Rugeley were able to absorb the attacks and the scoreline remained the same.
Continued pressing from Warley eventually lead to Rugeley conceding three penalties and the visitors were 12-3 up at the break.
Both sides produced some good quality rugby at the start of the second period and Grocott cut the deficit when kicking yet another penalty attempt.
The score brought Rugeley to life and a great run by prop forward Martyn Bentley saw him go over for a try, but the conversion was missed.
It was now Rugeley’s turn to press and with only eight minutes remaining, Grocott put away another penalty to move within a point of Warley.
With time running out it looked as though Warley would hold on for the victory, but Rugeley had other ideas.
They were awarded a penalty 30 yards out, and Grocott chose to kick and, much to the delight of the home supporters, snatched a dramatic late win.
In a 2nd XV clash, Rugeley went down 12-10 to their Warley counterparts. In a hard fought clash, Rugeley’s try scorers were Bobby Hastings and Barrie Newton.
This Saturday, Rugeley 1st XV receive Essington in the Staffs Cup, with the 2nd XV at Barton.