By a quirk of the fixture list, Berkswell once again faced – and lost to – Silhillians in the final Midlands West 2 (South) game of the season.
But in a repeat of last year’s final round of results, Old Coventrians also failed to win, which kept B’s out of the bottom two – and safe.
This was an enjoyable game of rugby, played in summer-like conditions. Sils backs swept them into a half-time lead, after a bright start from the home side.
B’s reduced the deficit in the second half, but couldn’t overhaul the visitors.
Berkswell knew that a victory would prevent relegation, but came up against a resolute Sils side, who had nothing to play for in league terms.
B’s started strongly and forced Sills back by dominating the sets and loose play. The scrummage was, as usual, going in Berkswell’s direction, and in some cases the ball was difficult for Matt Galpin at No.8 to control, as the home pack drove forward so swiftly.
It was little surprise when this domination produced the first try. Prop Craig Mills touching down as a rolling maul of forwards crashed over the line. Once again Berkswell’s kicking was to let them down though, with the conversion going wide, which set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
After weathering the early storm, Sils got their back line moving. They kept the ball away from the forwards where possible, and were able to penetrate the B’s defence with ‘fast hands,’ and excellent running lines.
Three tries emanated from this style of play, as the visitors easily found space and gaps in the home cover. Two of the tries were converted, which created a 19-5 lead for Sils at half-time.
Berkswell, after a half-time ‘coaching talk’ managed to shutdown Sils advantage in the backs, and also created openings for themselves in that area.