RUGBY Welsh secured their first league win of the season with a hard fought and deserved 23-14 victory against a resolute Guild outfit in the Midland 5 West (South).
On a glorious Saturday afternoon Welsh started off in similar vein to last week and used their forwards to good effect to cause their opposition problems.
Guild gave away penalties and Welsh were soon six points ahead with Guy Shaw kicking two well struck kicks.
As the half progressed Welsh were unable to capitalise on the possession they gained as Guild used their experience to ensure that the home side played the game in their own half.
Welsh made some handling errors as they were frustrated by their inability to build upon their good start but to their credit their defence was excellent and their opposition rarely caused them any problems in attack.
The second half saw Welsh re-establish their control and they were camped in the opposition 25 for long periods and Jack Taylor was held up just short of the line as a strong defence kept them at bay.
Eventually after the forwards were again held up near the line, the ball was passed along the backs and full back Adam Bond came into the line well and burst through three tackles for a well taken try which Shaw converted.
The hosts were soon further ahead when Shaw collected a kick ahead and scored an opportunist try which he converted to give Welsh a 20-point lead with under 20 minutes left.
However, Welsh were then hit by a couple of injuries and started to miss some tackles and to their credit Guild brought themselves back into the game with two well taken converted tries within a minute.
Welsh looked in trouble but an inspired talk from Matty Richards galvanised them into seeing off their opposition.
Shaw settled Welsh nerves as he kicked a late penalty to secure their win and the performance will give the team further confidence for the battles ahead.