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Leek 35 Berkswell & Balsall RFC 8: Berkswell and Balsall made the arduous trip north to play league newcomers Leek where they were well beaten.

Berkswell and Balsall against Leek
Berkswell and Balsall against Leek

Berkswell and Balsall made the arduous trip north to play league newcomers Leek where they were well beaten.

Both teams started the game well trying to gain territorial advantage in very extreme conditions which made ball handling tricky.

It was the away side who managed to get on the scoreboard first on 15 minutes when Nathan Mitchener slotted a 30 metre penalty when Leek were penalised for not rolling away at the breakdown.

In the next five minutes of play neither side were able to create any rhythm with ball in hand due to the conditions.

The rest of the half belonged to the home side who managed to notch up 18 unanswered points through two tries and two penalties.

The second half was a different affair with B’s dominating the opening exchanges, but it was the home side that managed to get the next score to extend their lead to 28-3 with a penalty and a converted try.

Bs were determined to get back into the game and started to play with width, but at the crucial times their handling let them down.

Not to be deterred by this, B’s managed to get on the scoreboard through a trademark driving maul which saw Nick Waite crash over from close range, the resulting conversion hitting the post.

The away side kept pressing but were caught out when they were turned over inside their own half which led to another Leek try in the corner for 35-8.

Bs managed to create a few scoring opportunities in the closing stages of the game but failed to convert due to a number of brilliant covering tackles.

 

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