Butts loose their way to Stoke
Butts left scratching their heads how this one got away, in control for much of the game only to be snatched away with nearly the last kick of the game.
Midlands One West
Barkers’ Butts v Stoke on Trent. 22.3.14.
Stoke kicked off and forced play deep into Barkers’ 22. Jack Howland gathered and kicked the ball a full 50mts into touch. Barkers won the first scrum and were awarded a penalty but the ball hit the upright and Barkers were denied an early lead. The game was evenly balanced and it was difficult to see which team would break the deadlock. On the 30th minute Barkers kicked into touch on Stokes 5mt line won the line out and the ever alert Charlie Mumford spotted an opening to make it 5-0. Barkers were now buoyed up and a delightful passage of interplay involving Jack Howland, Sam Vagg and finally Josh Palmer saw the score increase to 10-0 and with Howlands conversion 12-0 but a miss timed pass quickly saw the lead reduced to 12-7. Barkers’ inventive play continued with Howland seeing an unmarked Palmer kicked the ball across field. Palmer gathered the ball, quickly made ground and passed the ball to Austin Wallace who made the score 17-7 Howland again converting.
Half time Barkers’ Butts 19 Stoke on Trent 7.
The second half started in a similar vein with Chris Priest sprinting to the Stoke post only to be brought down. Barkers were awarded a scrum and number 8 Michael Greevy picked up to add 5 more and Howland 2. 26-7. Injuries now came into the picture and Barkers were forced into 3 changes which unbalanced the side and Stoke began to use the wind that helped Barkers in the first half to good effect and in a devastating 10 minutes had helped themselves to 3 tries, 2 converted, and a penalty to give them a 3 point lead. Barkers pulled themselves together and after several minutes on Stokes line captain Matt Wooldridge gained a vital 5 points wide out near the touch line 31-29. The referee indicated 4 minutes to full time. Stoke got the game into Barkers’ 22 and their no.10 conjured up a drop goal to make the final score: Barkers Butts 31 Stoke on Trent 32.
With the 2 points we gained from this game we are now on 45 points which still does not make us safe from relegation. Theoretically we could be overtaken by three of the four teams below us. Surely 1 more win would make us safe! The Tanners also played at home but lost out to a strong Pinley 2nd XV.
The 2nd XV put in a strong performance to win a league game at Silhillians
And the Colts travelled to Stratford and eased their way to the Warwickshire Colts final.