Barkers’ Butts 22 Berkswell and Balsall 24
Bs halted their winless run with a dramatic late try by James Knott at local rivals Barkers’ Butts.
The visitors started positively but all this good work was undone in one fell swoop when Barkers’, with their first meaningful possession, used their quick hands to create an overlap for their winger to score a converted try.
Berkswell returned to the forward grind and from a five metre scrum drove their opposite numbers over the line for No 8 Jack Biggins to score, Sam Bignell adding the extras.
Bs now set up camp in the home side’s half and a charge down by Biggins, which he collected himself, saw him release James Fahy in support for another try again converted by Bignell.
However just as the visitors started to look comfortable, the home side struck. Using clever running lines Barkers created space in midfield for a break which led to an uncoverted try and a 12-14 lead for Bs at half time.
A yellow card to both sides meant they started the second period with 14 men, Barkers suffering more as they were left a man down in the front row, where they were already struggling. Sure enough it wasn’t long before Joe Cart smashed his way over to renew the seven point cushion.
Something then started to click for Barkers sparking a frustrated Bs to lose their discipline and collect a yellow card, the home side kicking the resulting penalty to make it 15-19.
As time ran out Barkers snatched the lead from an attacking scrum with a converted try.
Bs hit back and won a penalty on the 5m line. Instead of going for the kick to draw the game, they decided to scrummage. Barkers were giving away penalty after penalty and it looked only a matter of time before the referee had to award a penalty try.
However they held and the ball was scooped out to Bignell, then Roman Coombes who drew two players and looped a pass to Fahy who found Knott unmarked to claim an absorbing win and the bonus point.