Barkers Butts 7 Berkswell & Balsall 8
AS the score suggests, this was a tight, tense, Midlands West 2 (South) affair, with Berkswell emerging with the narrowest of victories.
A red card for Berkswell flanker Mark Connors meant the visitors had to play the final 12 minutes with only 14 men, and Butts squandered three kickable penalties during the final few minutes.
But the single point lead was enough for Berkswell to secure their second victory. Barkers opened the scoring with a converted try after just nine minutes. An excellent conversion from near the touchline extended the Butt’s lead to 7-0.
Berkswell did take advantage of a penalty, given for an offence at a ruck – Sam Bignall steering the ball between the posts to reduce Barker’s lead to 7-3. Early in the second-half Berkswell scored their try. The conversion was missed, but Berkswell now had a crucial single point advantage.
The referee played several minutes of injury time and awarded three penalties to Barkers which, on other days they may have kicked, but all three were wide or short of the posts. Finally the referee signalled ‘no-side’ and Berkswell had triumphed by that single point.