Berkswell and Balsall battled to the end but were well beaten at home to league leaders Newport (Salop) on Saturday.
The scoreline didn’t reflect the way Bs played the game as it was competitive throughout and they enjoyed long periods of possession but it was Newport who took their chances.
The opening period saw the away side trying to stretch the Bs defence, making numerous line breaks but failing to get the decisive opening score thanks to brilliant covering defence. Newport’s persistence eventually paid off with four unanswered tries off the set piece. Bs kept going and with a combination of excellent ball retention and good running lines were able to get some points on the board.
They were awarded a penalty on the 22 which was taken quickly, the ball worked its way down the back line and when centre James Fahy cut an excellent line through the Newport defence, Fahy managed to offload to winger Oliver Eburne who ran the try in, Nathan Mitchener converted.
The second half began with the Newport quickly seizing the initiative and driving the Bs deep into their half. Bs struggled to get out of their half but continued to try and create opportunities from deep, managing to break the line on a number of occasions without an end product. Newport kept the pressure on the ever-tiring home side and seized on every try scoring opportunity, but the Bs battled all the way to the end, going down 59-7.