By Sam Bradley
A huge crowd had gathered at the Berkswell & Balsall Rugby Club for the game of the season so far.
Sils needed three points from a win and BB also needed a victory to help them escape relegation.
Sils started strongly with a great try in the first two minutes from Matt Lee, converted by Steve Hawkins, giving them an early 7-0 lead.
BB came back with some pressure and secured a try, unconverted, after turning the scrum.
Sils were awarded the first penalty of the game as BB were penalised for not releasing.
The kick was right under the posts and Steve Hawkins made no mistake to put Sils 10-5 ahead but BB hit back with another try to level at 10-10.
It was apparent the passion to win was driving both teams as BB then found another gap.
Sils chased them down though and secured a penalty as the pressure forced an error and BB took ball from an offside position.
Another great kick by Steve Hawkins put a further three points on the board for Sils.
BB skipper Peter Nicholls then took possession and ran smoothly through the Sils defenders, passing to Tom Lee who kicked to touch.
But the home side again made a couple of forced errors under pressure from Sils and gave away another penalty to make the score 16-10 to Sils. Sils kept BB off the line for several minutes but, after an illegal infraction at the ruck, a penalty try was given on the half-time whistle to leave Sils trailing 17-16.
As the second half got underway it was obvious the penalty try had rattled Sils and they became sloppy.
A knock-on gave possession away and BB took full advantage.
Following a wheeling scrum on the ten-metre line, BB were given a penalty in front of the posts after Nick Powell was ruled offside.
Nine minutes into the second half and Sils were trailing 20-16.
Ollie Trace was bought down heavily from the line out as he gave a great 10-metre sprint and the pick-up from Matt Lee pushed Sils further forward but play was called back after a knock-on and a penalty awarded penalty to BB.
Sils have to put this game behind them and look ahead to their home game this Saturday, when they meet Burton.