Butts maintain league status due to win over Walsall
Congratulations on maintaining their status in Midlands One for the 3rd season to the 1st XV who have now developed into a team that can compete on level terms with any team in the league
Midlands One West
Barkers’ Butts v Walsall. 5.4.14.
The Barkers players and supporters went into this game knowing that a 5 point win would give them another season in Midlands One and duly knock on to give Walsall the first put in The next scrum went to Barkers and a long pass from Jack Howland to Josh Palmer on the wing gave him the chance to run in Barkers’ first try 5-0. Barkers went straight back onto the attack with Calum Lines being brought down just short of Walsall’s line. Walsall saw that their strength was in their forwards and a 25mtr drive seemed to support that view but the referee saw an infringement the penalty was taken quickly Jacob Knight kicked through and Josh Palmer was quick on the chase but was robbed of the ball and again Walsall knocked on. From the scrum Mike Greevy flipped the ball to Charlie Mumford. Jack Howland made a miss pass, ran around to receive the next pass and then executed the dreaded reverse pass for winger Luke Barber to weave his way over the line 10-0 Walsall knew that a change in tactics was called for and a spiralling kick did the trick. 2 Barkers players failed to communicate, Walsall won the ball and a converted try made it 10-7. Following the success of the first high kick Walsall tried it again but though the ball was fumbled Barkers won possession kicked up the field and again Palmer won the race 15-7. Barkers were looking dangerous whenever they had the ball Dave Nurse looking particularly impressive with good runs and retaining possession. Jacob Knight too showed maturity of thought and was unlucky not to make the try line. Barkers were now gaining control at the set pieces driving Walsall off their own ball but it was they who got the final points of the first half with a well struck penalty. Half time Barkers Butts 15 Walsall 10
Walsall opened the scoring in the 2nd half. This followed a line out from a penalty kick Walsall spread the ball wide along their ¾ line and the winger touched down but the conversion failed 15-15. For 5 minutes play centred in the middle ground with neither side willing to give an inch a Walsall miss pass was intercepted by Nathan Tilsley who ran 40mts showing strength and determination towards the end to touch down 20-15. Jack Howland was showing good skills in his kicking to touch and into open spaces but again a penalty shot frustratingly hit the post. The next offensive came from Walsall and their driving forwards but from the next line out it was Barkers’ forwards who drove a full 30mts and won a penalty which Charlie took quickly passing to Josh Knight who unselfishly passed to Tilsley for his 2nd try, Josh converted 27-15. A 12 point lead with 15 minutes left on the clock could Barkers increase their lead or would Walsall stage a comeback. They seemed determined not to suffer a 3rd defeat in a row and threw everything they could at an equally determined Barkers side. Play was entrenched in Barkers 22 and beyond, penalty followed penalty finally a yellow card for persistent infringement and the almost inevitable try 27-20. Walsall continued to press but at last Barkers broke their grip and the play went to Walsall’s 22. Twice Barkers were on Walsall’s 5mt line and twice the referee gave a penalty to Walsall. The final plays of the game were in Barkers’ 22 but defence held firm and at last the referee signalled full time and the ball was kicked into touch for the final time. Walsall are still 5th in the league and Barkers are in Midland One for the 3rd season.
Full time score: Barkers Butts 27 Walsall 20.
Congratulations on maintaining their status in Midlands One for the 3rd season to the 1st XV who have now developed into a team that can compete on level terms with any team in the league. Their success is helped in no small measure to the influence of coaches Glen Southwell and Steve Hall.
The Tanners returned victorious from the short journey across town to Coventry Saracens.
The 2nd XV had a 22 points to 12 against visitors Stratford upon Avon
They have now won 9 of their 12 league games.
The Colts are struggling to find teams willing to play them. Their next scheduled game is at The Butts Park Arena when they take on Silhillians in the final of The Bob Coward Warwickshire Colts Cup. Monday 14th April Kick off at 7.30 pm.
They are now two games away from a league and cup double.
The future is looking bright