Silhillians fell short in a tough battle with Barkers Butts. The home side took possession from the off with a great first run by centre Ollie Beech pushing to the 10m line inside Barker Butts half.
As both teams collided Barker Butts gave away a penalty for holding on but Steve Hawkins missed the kick.
Four minutes in a great kick by Hawkins put Sils into a scrum on the centre line, but they lost the ball and Barker Butts didn’t waste any time in collecting it up and making a run to the try line. Sils were late on some line-outs, but as they continued to defend the onslaught from Barker Butts.
Barker Butts then got a penalty for Sils not releasing right in front of the posts, putting another three points on the board.
As Sils passed the ball down the line, the crowd were in uproar but Harry Law lost his grip and the ball fell to the ground. Stu Clarke, playing wing, scooped up the ball and threw effortlessly to Hawkins who kicked a great ball.
From the line out, Sils lost the ball again with a great interception from Barker Butts, but Sils’ endurance in this first half kept the ball in play as another scrum developed on the 5m line. Sils won the ball from the scrum as Barker Butts were penalised for holding on and battled from a scrum on the 10m line.
A penalty was given to Sils. They took it quickly, but Barker Butts seized the ball and scored another try after 25 minutes to make the score 15-0.
A loose Barker Butts player made a run to put the ball on the side line for a scrum in Sils half on 5m line. Sils’ Nic Powell put down the Barker Butts player to keep them out.
As the second half got under way, second row Nick Elliot took possession and wove through the Barker Butts’ defence and touched down for a brilliant try only two minutes in. A successful conversion made the score 15-7.
Ollie Beech made a great capture and pushed forward, giving Tama Hill the open space to put a second try on the board. Barker Butts managed a further try putting them further in front.
Sils responded immediately and Mark O’Leary scored Sils’ third try, but the game took a devastating twist as Stefan Dickinson, Sils’ new Kiwi, was sinbinned for not releasing, leaving Sils to play the remainder of the game one man down and giving Barker Butts another try.
A try by Barker Butts in extra time made the final score 30-21.
Sils’ next match is away on Saturday, March 22, against Berkswell and Balsall.