Barkers just edged out in local derby
In a see saw match it was Stratford who came out with a win.
Midlands One West
Stratford upon Avon v Barkers’ Butts. 29.3.14.
Barkers won the first scrum of the game but were then penalised for holding on and Stratford went into an early 3-0 lead. Barkers drove strongly at the next scrum, won a penalty but the throw in at the following line out was not straight. The next infringement was by Stratford and Barkers’ Jack Howland levelled the score to 3-3. Stratford missed the next two penalty kicks. At last there was a passage of play that was allowed to flow and Stratford went ahead 8-3. Dave Nurse followed up the restart and caught the ball but was judged to have knocked on Barkers won the ball against the head and George Adams joining the line from full back sliced through Stratford’s defence for Barkers first try. 8-8. Stratford were the next to add to their points tally with a converted try 15-8. A serious looking injury saw Barkers wing Chris Priest carried off the pitch but his replacement Luke Barber was soon in action and out paced the opposition for a score levelling converted try 15-15. Barkers were awarded the last penalty of the half and the kicker missed touch, a lesson not learned throughout the rest of the game and the resulting play led to Stratford going in at half time 20-15 to the good.
Barkers restart kick went straight into touch but they overturned the ball on the restart scrum and ran the ball straight at Stratford, a grubber kick through was mishandled and Nathan Tilsley was on hand to claim the touchdown. Jack Howland added 2 points to put Barkers in the lead 20-22. Stratford had an immediate response but the referee judged that the ball was held up. This was followed by Barkers being penalised for holding on and a one point lead for Stratford 23-22. Again Barkers missed touch from a penalty, Stratford ran to Barkers’ 22 and were themselves penalised. Charlie Mumford took a quick tap penalty and ran unopposed to the Stratford line, Howland converting 29-23. Barkers immediately went back on the attack but congestion in the backs led to a fumbled ball and Stratford were quick to take advantage to get within one point 28-29. Yet another bad pass gave Stratford the chance to take the game to Barkers’ 5mt line and spread the ball wide for what was to be the final score of the day. The final 15 minutes continued to be end to end but both defences held firm. Stratford got a 5 point win and for the second week running Barkers had to be content with 2.
Final score Stratford 33 Barkers Butts 29.
In a weekend of high scores the 2nd XV did not play well, according to reports but still came up with a 33 points to 19 at Woodrush
The Tanners did even better, eclipsing Old Leams 59 to 14.
The 1st XV are now 11th in the league and have 47 points, 9 more than they amassed last season but can be overtaken by 3 of the 4 clubs below them. Your support at home on Saturday when we play Walsall could just help them to get that crucial win.